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What We Know About Shellshock and Why the Bash Bug Matters

September 26, 2014 Added by:InfosecIsland News

Opinions vary wildly among experts as to the potential impact of the Shellshock vulnerability. What is known—and agreed upon—at this point, is that Shellshock is a very serious vulnerability because it allows remote code execution and gives the attacker full access to the system.

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A Fresh Approach to Building an Application Security Program

September 18, 2014 Added by:Rohit Sethi


All too often, we have seen organizations invest only in application security testing and education as the only two components of their application security programs. The net result is an expensive “patch and fix” approach that self optimizes only for the risks that scanners are able to catch.

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CERT Pudding and the War on Bad SSL

September 10, 2014 Added by:Tripwire Inc

SSL implementation problems exist in apps of all shapes, sizes and function, ranging from those with little sensitive data and few users to apps with millions of active users handling some of our most sensitive data, such as financial transactions and account login information.

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Avoid this Common Privacy Choice Mistake

August 26, 2014 Added by:Rebecca Herold

Many marketing professionals have a common temptation; they want to send as many marketing messages to as many people as possible, and they would love to send it to all folks who have ever been customers or clients of their business, and often times actually want to simply send to everyone whose email address they can obtain in any way.

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Hackers Exploited Heartbleed Bug to Steal Patient Data from Community Health Systems

August 19, 2014 Added by:Mike Lennon

TrustedSec, citing sources familiar with the incident, said on Tuesday that the initial attack vector was through the infamous “Heartbleed” vulnerability in OpenSSL which provided the attackers a way in, eventually resulting in the compromise of patient data.

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More Dot-Gov Sites Found Compromised

August 19, 2014 Added by:Malwarebytes

With the number of .gov sites we have seen that are insecure, it pays for users to be careful of potential risks they may encounter when visiting them.

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Is EMET Dead?

August 18, 2014 Added by:Tripwire Inc

Exploit mitigation techniques have come a long way.

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Google Boosts Secure Sites in Search Results

August 11, 2014 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

In a bold and welcome move to protect users, Google announced on Wednesday that they have started prioritizing sites offering HTTPS (HTTP over TLS) in their page ranking algorithm.

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White House Website Includes Unique Non-Cookie Tracker, Conflicts With Privacy Policy

July 23, 2014 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

According to the researchers, over 5,000 sites include the canvas fingerprinting, with the vast majority from AddThis.

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Black Hat Conference Talk on How to Break Tor Cancelled

July 22, 2014 Added by:Eduard Kovacs

Organizers of the Black Hat security conference that's scheduled to take place next month in Las Vegas announced that a presentation detailing how the Tor network's users can be de-anonymized has been cancelled.

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DHS Mistakenly Releases 840-pages of Critical Infrastructure Documents

July 09, 2014 Added by:Mike Lennon

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released hundreds of documents, some of which contain sensitive information and potentially vulnerable critical infrastructure points across the United States, in response to a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request about a cyber-security attack.

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Choosing the Right Entry Point for a Software Security Program

June 30, 2014 Added by:Rafal Los

The topic of software security, or AppSec, has once again cropped up recently in my travels and conversations so I thought it would be prudent to address that here on the blog.

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Software Security: An Imperative to Change

June 05, 2014 Added by:Rohit Sethi

Attention-grabbing exploits are becoming the norm. We hear about bugs like Heartbleed and IE 0days almost every week. Understandably the public is concerned about insecure technology. Yet for those of us who work in information security, this isn’t news at all. We have long known that insecure software is the root cause of most breaches.

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Quick and Easy Website Vulnerability Scans with OWASP-ZAP

June 05, 2014 Added by:Dan Dieterle

OWASP ZAP is a web application penetration testing tool that has some great features. It is a very easy to use scanner that allows you to do manual or automatic website security checks. In this tutorial we will learn how to use the automatic attack feature.

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Proactively Hardening Systems: Application and Version Hardening

May 20, 2014 Added by:Tripwire Inc

If configuration hardening settings are “conditional,” meaning they must find and keep that balance between security and productivity, hardening against known vulnerabilities in applications and versions is much more black-and-white.

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Heartbleed – How Did Internet Security Almost Bleed Out?

May 13, 2014 Added by:Vince Kornacki

Can we guarantee that Heartbleed will never happen again? No. Application code is still written by humans, so mistakes will be made. They are inevitable. However, it is crucial that the technology industry learns from Heartbleed in order to improve processes surrounding protocol design, software development, and vulnerability disclosure.

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