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Friday19 August 2022

Displaying items by tag: Vulnerability

Samba has released several updates that patch critical flaws in their popular Sever Message Block (SMB) freeware implementation. SMB is a protocol that allows for simple sharing of network resources and has had its share of critical vulnerabilities in the past. The sharing of network resources is a common target for attackers as it can be a quick an easy way to compromise a system. One of the vulnerabilities includes all versions of Samba before 4.13.17 (CVE-2021-44142).

Published in Security Talk

When you are hunting, finding out where your target frequents and laying in wait is an often-used tactic. If your information is good, you are going to have a successful hunt. The same is true in cybersecurity, both from an attacker and researcher perspective. These attacks are called watering hole attacks. You are looking for your intended target to come and “take a drink” so you can spring your trap.

Published in Security Talk

Remember the days when browsing the internet was simple, all you had to worry about was clearing your cookies and browser history and you were fine. Ok, so it was never truly that simple, but you get my point. Now as internet surfers become more concerned about tracking and companies find new ways to follow you even more, things have gotten a bit crazy. Microsoft’s Edge wants to remember everything you do as does Chrome and Safari. This is presented as giving you a more complete and speedy internet experience, in reality it just creates a trove of data about you that can be used for good or bad.

Published in Security Talk

When you are a sysadmin there is nothing like waking up to not one, but two troubling bits of news. The first one centers on a new and fun Zero-Day vulnerability that affects just about every version of windows that Microsoft still supports. Dubbed Sandworm by iSight, the security firm that discovered it this bug exploits yet another flawed internal mechanism in Microsoft’s OS.

Published in News

A couple of days ago we posted a story about a group of developers that complained to Valve about their lack of a Bug Bounty. In their complaint was an inference that having a form of reward would make people want to identify and report bugs and exploits in a timely manner. On the surface that would seem to make sense, but there is a flip side to this line of thinking. There will also be times when people will wait to report something to ensure they get the most money out of their efforts.

Published in News

To say I am leery of The Cloud would be to make a very mild understatement. Ever since the first true cloud services hit the market (and were hacked) I have been concerned with the continued push to get more people onboard while little attention is paid to actually securing these services and the user data they contain. In a conversation I recently had, I brought up the fact that we are only in June and already have had 7 major breaches. Security (or the lack of) is a big issue, yet we do not see the companies building and selling “The Cloud” making the changes needed to protect what is already out there.

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-43 days. That is how long Windows 8 lasted before a major malware tool was released for it Windows 8 is not even official and there is already a major exploit kit that covers it. Earlier today cyber criminals announced the launch of Black Hole 2. The original exploit kit was used in more than a few pieces of malware since it first was launched in Beta format in late 2010. The exploit kit is offered in almost like a cloud service (which brings us back to irony). You have to lease access to it so you can develop your malware. The pricing is pretty with a year lease going for only $1500. Despite the success of this exploit kit, like all enterprises you must grow or die.

Published in News

90It looks like there is a new exploit out for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (all versions) which affects people running everything from XP to Windows 7. The security issue was not patched with the last round of Microsoft patches (called Patch Tuesday) so it remains an active and open security hole. According to Microsoft Security Advisory 2719615 there is a flaw in their XML Core services that can allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code at the same level of permission as the logged in user.

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