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Time To Rethink Patching Strategies
Kevin E. Greene, Software Assurance Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology DirectorateCommentary
In 2014, the National Vulnerability Database is expected to log a record-breaking 8,000 vulnerabilities. That's 8,000 reasons to improve software quality at the outset.
By Kevin E. Greene Software Assurance Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, 12/19/2014
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5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Running Your SOC
Jeff Schilling, CSO, FirehostCommentary
The former head of the US Army Cyber Command SOC shares his wisdom and battle scars about playing offense not defense against attackers.
By Jeff Schilling CSO, Firehost, 12/18/2014
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Sony Cancels Movie, US Confirms North Korea Involvement, But Were Bomb Threats Empty?
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
After the Sony hackers issue threats of physical violence and 9/11-style attacks, The Interview is being killed before it even premieres. But would the attackers have really blown up theaters?
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 12/17/2014
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The New Target for State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks: Applications
Jeff Williams, CTO, Aspect Security & Contrast SecurityCommentary
Skilled hackers are now using simple web application vulnerabilities like SQL Injection to take over database servers. Are you prepared to defend against this new type of threat actor?
By Jeff Williams CTO, Aspect Security & Contrast Security, 12/17/2014
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Sony Warns Media About Disclosure, Staff About Fraud, 'Bond' Fans About Spoilers
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingQuick Hits
A wrapup of the latest Sony attack fallout.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 12/16/2014
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2014: The Year of Privilege Vulnerabilities
Marc Maiffret, CTO, BeyondTrustCommentary
Of the 30 critical-rated Microsoft Security Bulletins this year, 24 involved vulnerabilities where the age-old best practice of "least privilege" could limit the impact of malware and raise the bar of difficulty for attackers.
By Marc Maiffret CTO, BeyondTrust, 12/16/2014
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Ekoparty Isnít The Next Defcon (& It Doesnít Want To Be)
Andrew Ford, Developer, BugcrowdCommentary
Unlike American security conferences that offer a buffet of merchandise, meals, and drinks, Ekoparty, in Buenos Aires, is every bit as functional -- with a little less fluff.
By Andrew Ford Developer, Bugcrowd, 12/15/2014
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Hiring Hackers To Secure The Internet Of Things
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
How some white hat hackers are changing career paths to help fix security weaknesses in consumer devices and business systems.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 12/11/2014
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'Inception' Cyber Espionage Campaign Targets PCs, Smartphones
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
Blue Coat report details sophisticated attacks mainly against Russian targets, and Kaspersky Lab calls new campaign next-generation of Red October cyber spying operation.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 12/10/2014
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Sony Hackers Knew Details Of Sony's Entire IT Infrastructure
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
While trying to simultaneously recover from a data breach and a wiper attack, Sony watches attackers publish maps and credentials for everything from production servers to iTunes accounts.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 12/4/2014
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Why ĎReginí Malware Changes Threatscape Economics
Adam Firestone, President & GM, Kaspersky Government Security SolutionsCommentary
Never before have attackers been able to deploy a common malware platform and configure it as necessary with low-cost, quick-turnaround business logic apps.
By Adam Firestone President & GM, Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, 12/4/2014
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With Operation Cleaver, Iran Emerges As A Cyberthreat
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
A hacker group's actions suggest that it is laying the groundwork for a future attack on critical infrastructure targets.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 12/3/2014
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FBI Warning Shows Targeted Attacks Don't Just Steal Anymore
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
An FBI advisory points to an increasing trend of destructive malware for activist, anti-forensics purposes.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 12/2/2014
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Breaking the Code: The Role of Visualization in Security Research
Thibault Reuille, Security Researcher, OpenDNSCommentary
In todayís interconnected, data rich IT environments, passive inspection of information is not enough.
By Thibault Reuille Security Researcher, OpenDNS, 12/1/2014
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Newly Revealed Cyber Espionage Attack 'More Complex' Than Stuxnet, Flame
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
"Regin" cyber spying platform is reportedly behind cyber spying against a Belgian telecommunications provider, which was revealed in leaked NSA documents.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 11/24/2014
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The Week When Attackers Started Winning The War On Trust
Kevin Bocek, VP Security Strategy & Threat Intelligence, VenafiCommentary
The misuse of keys and certificates is not exotic or hypothetical. Itís a real threat that could undermine most, if not all, critical security controls, as recent headlines strongly show.
By Kevin Bocek VP Security Strategy & Threat Intelligence, Venafi, 11/21/2014
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Deconstructing The Cyber Kill Chain
Giora Engel, VP Product & Strategy, LightCyberCommentary
As sexy as it is, the Cyber Kill Chain model can actually be detrimental to network security because it reinforces old-school, perimeter-focused, malware-prevention thinking.
By Giora Engel VP Product & Strategy, LightCyber, 11/18/2014
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Time To Turn The Tables On Attackers
Amit Yoran, President, RSACommentary
As a security industry, we need to arm business with innovative technologies that provide visibility, analysis, and action to prevent inevitable breaches from causing irreparable damage.
By Amit Yoran President, RSA, 11/13/2014
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Korean-Speaking Cyberspies Targeting Corporate Execs Via Hotel Networks
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Researchers unmask the inner workings of "Darkhotel," a unique seven-year-old cyber espionage campaign against C-level executives from various nations as they travel in the Asia-Pacific region.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 11/10/2014
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Cyber Espionage Attacks Attributed To Russian Government
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
FireEye report meticulously details clues that all point to state-sponsorship of the Sofacy/Sourface malware and tracks its evolution over seven years.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 10/29/2014
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CVE-2014-8142
Published: 2014-12-20
Use-after-free vulnerability in the process_nested_data function in ext/standard/var_unserializer.re in PHP before 5.4.36, 5.5.x before 5.5.20, and 5.6.x before 5.6.4 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted unserialize call that leverages improper handling of duplicate keys w...

CVE-2013-4440
Published: 2014-12-19
Password Generator (aka Pwgen) before 2.07 generates weak non-tty passwords, which makes it easier for context-dependent attackers to guess the password via a brute-force attack.

CVE-2013-4442
Published: 2014-12-19
Password Generator (aka Pwgen) before 2.07 uses weak pseudo generated numbers when /dev/urandom is unavailable, which makes it easier for context-dependent attackers to guess the numbers.

CVE-2013-7401
Published: 2014-12-19
The parse_request function in request.c in c-icap 0.2.x allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) via a URI without a " " or "?" character in an ICAP request, as demonstrated by use of the OPTIONS method.

CVE-2014-2026
Published: 2014-12-19
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the search functionality in United Planet Intrexx Professional before 5.2 Online Update 0905 and 6.x before 6.0 Online Update 10 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the request parameter.

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