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Poll: Patching Is Primary Response to Shellshock
Commentary  |  10/24/2014  | 
As potential threats mount, Dark Reading community members hone in on patching infrastructure but not devices, according to our latest poll.
Incident Response: Is Your IR Plan A Glorified Phone Tree?
Commentary  |  10/23/2014  | 
Training internal security teams to be first responders can drastically improve an organization's effectiveness in the wake of a data breach. Here's why.
Cyber Threats: Information vs. Intelligence
Commentary  |  10/22/2014  | 
Cyber threat intelligence or CTI is touted to be the next big thing in InfoSec. But does it narrow the security problem or compound it?
Insider Threats: Breaching The Human Barrier
Commentary  |  10/20/2014  | 
A company can spend all the money it has on technical solutions to protect the perimeter and still not prevent the attack that comes from within.
In Plain Sight: How Cyber Criminals Exfiltrate Data Via Video
Commentary  |  10/17/2014  | 
Just like Fortune 500 companies, attackers are investing in sophisticated measures that let them fly beneath the radar of conventional security.
Third-Party Code: Fertile Ground For Malware
Commentary  |  10/15/2014  | 
How big-brand corporate websites are becoming a popular method for mass distribution of exploit kits on vulnerable computers.
Stolen Medical Data Is Now A Hot Commodity
Commentary  |  10/14/2014  | 
While credit cards are selling for a dollar or less on the black market, personal health credentials are commanding as much as $10 per patient. Here’s why.
In AppSec, ‘Fast’ Is Everything
Commentary  |  10/13/2014  | 
The world has shifted. The SAST and DAST tools that were invented over a decade ago are no longer viable approaches to application security.
Security Education K Through Life
Commentary  |  10/10/2014  | 
InfoSec professionals of the future need access to the right education and tools early on and throughout their entire work life.
How Retail Can Win Back Consumer Trust
Commentary  |  10/9/2014  | 
Customer loyalty to their favorite brands is all about trust, which today has everything to do with security and privacy.
Good Job, Facebook: The Intersection Of Privacy, Identity & Security
Commentary  |  10/8/2014  | 
Birth names and legal names aren’t always the names people are best known by, concedes Facebook in the wake of a real-name policy usage flap.
Tokenization: 6 Reasons The Card Industry Should Be Wary
Commentary  |  10/7/2014  | 
VISA’s new token service aims to provide consumers a simple, fraud-free digital payment experience. It’s a worthy goal, but one that may prove to be more aspirational than functional.
How Cookie-Cutter Cyber Insurance Falls Short
Commentary  |  10/6/2014  | 
Many off-the-shelf cyber liability policies feature a broad range of exclusions that won’t protect your company from a data breach or ransomware attack.
How Retro Malware Feeds the New Threat Wave
Commentary  |  10/3/2014  | 
Old-school exploits used in new ways are placing fresh demands for intel-sharing among infosec pros and their time-tested and next-gen security products.
Poll: Employees Clueless About Social Engineering
Commentary  |  10/2/2014  | 
Not surprisingly, our latest poll confirms that threats stemming from criminals hacking humans are all too frequently ignored.
5 New Truths To Teach Your CIO About Identity
Commentary  |  10/1/2014  | 
When CIOs talk security they often use words like "firewall" and "antivirus." Here’s why today’s technology landscape needs a different vocabulary.
Software Assurance: Time to Raise the Bar on Static Analysis
Commentary  |  9/30/2014  | 
The results from tools studies suggest that using multiple tools together can produce more powerful analytics and more accurate results.
How To Hack A Human
Commentary  |  9/30/2014  | 
Check out social engineering expert and founder of the DEF CON Social Engineering Capture the Flag contest Chris Hadnagy's recent interview on Dark Reading Radio.
Can We Talk? Finding A Common Security Language
Commentary  |  9/29/2014  | 
How engineers can get beyond the crippling vocabulary and semantic barrier of infosec and actually communicate about cyber risk with bosses and business colleagues.
Shellshocked: A Future Of ‘Hair On Fire’ Bugs
Commentary  |  9/26/2014  | 
Most computers affected by Bash will be updated within 10 years. The rest will be vulnerable for the lifespans of all humans now living. This should concern us. But then, global warming should also concern us.
How SaaS Adoption Is Changing Cloud Security
Commentary  |  9/25/2014  | 
Sanctioning cloud-based services requires a new approach to security that "assumes breach" and accounts for the limitations of endpoint and perimeter defenses.
From Securities To Security: Why The SEC Is Bringing Cyber To The Boardroom
Commentary  |  9/24/2014  | 
The SEC is emerging as a key proponent of corporate cyber security responsibility and diligence. What does that mean for the CISO?
Dark Reading Radio: Trends In Application Security
Commentary  |  9/23/2014  | 
How can we get more security baked into applications? Join us for a discussion today, Wednesday, September 24, at 1:00 p.m. New York, 10 a.m. San Francisco time.
The Truth About Ransomware: You’re On Your Own
Commentary  |  9/22/2014  | 
What should enterprises do when faced with ransomware? The answer is, it depends.
An AppSec Report Card: Developers Barely Passing
Commentary  |  9/19/2014  | 
A new study reveals that application developers are getting failing grades when it comes to their knowledge of critical security such as how to protect sensitive data, Web services, and threat modeling.
5 Ways To Monitor DNS Traffic For Security Threats
Commentary  |  9/18/2014  | 
Check out these examples of how to implement real-time or offline traffic monitoring using common commercial or open source security products.
Data Privacy Etiquette: It's Not Just For Kids
Commentary  |  9/17/2014  | 
Children are the innocent victims of the worst effects of social media. That’s why it’s vital for adults to establish privacy values that are safe for them -- and the rest of us.
DR Radio: A Grown-Up Conversation About Passwords
Commentary  |  9/16/2014  | 
Cormac Herley of Microsoft Research will challenge everything you think you know about password management.
In Defense Of Passwords
Commentary  |  9/16/2014  | 
Long live the password (as long as you use it correctly along with something else).
5 Myths: Why We Are All Data Security Risks
Commentary  |  9/15/2014  | 
I am absolutely sure that I could be tricked by a well-crafted spear phishing attack, and I am equally sure I could do the same to you.
Why Email Is Worth Saving
Commentary  |  9/12/2014  | 
What if an Internet-scale, federated policy, authentication, and enforcement framework for trusted email delivery were available? It is.
Apple Pay: A Necessary Push To Transform Consumer Payments
Commentary  |  9/11/2014  | 
Apple Pay is a strategic move that will rival PayPal and other contenders in the mobile wallet marketplace. The big question is whether consumers and businesses are ready to ditch the plastic.
Privacy, Security & The Geography Of Data Protection
Commentary  |  9/11/2014  | 
Data generation is global, so why do different parts of the world react differently to the same threat of security breaches and backdoors?
Black Hat & DEF CON: 3 Lessons From A Newbie
Commentary  |  9/9/2014  | 
Security conferences are a lot like metal concerts: Your parents are terrified you're going to die because everyone looks scary, but 98 percent of attendees are really nice people who want to help you learn.
Dark Reading Radio: CISO James Christiansen Shares Experiences
Commentary  |  9/9/2014  | 
Former CISO at GM, Visa, and Experian answers questions about building security programs in large enterprises.
No End In Sight For Ransomware
Commentary  |  9/8/2014  | 
The screenlocker Kovter, in particular, has shown sharp growth this year. It masquerades as a law enforcement authority and threatens police action if users don’t pay up.
Poll: Significant Insecurity About Internet of Things
Commentary  |  9/5/2014  | 
Fewer than one percent of more than 800 Dark Reading community members are ready for the fast approaching security onslaught of the IoT.
In Cloud We Trust: A New Model
Commentary  |  9/4/2014  | 
The solution to the problem of data security in the public cloud will require more than a traditional compliance-driven approach.
Celeb Hack: Is Apple Telling All It Knows?
Commentary  |  9/3/2014  | 
Did Apple have a system-wide data breach? No. Was it complicit through an appalling security lapse by not defending against brute force attacks? You’re darn tootin'!
“Contactless” HCE Payments Promise Simplicity But Is It Secure?
Commentary  |  9/2/2014  | 
Host Card Emulation is a powerful and flexible technology, but like most software-dependent solutions, it can be hacked and exploited.
Why Are Security Pros Blasé About Compliance?
Commentary  |  8/29/2014  | 
A survey of 500 IT and security decision makers in the UK and US shows that a majority are in the dark about regulatory requirements for their business organization.
How I Hacked My Home, IoT Style
Commentary  |  8/27/2014  | 
It didn’t take long to find a score of vulnerabilities in my home entertainment, gaming, and network storage systems.
Top 5 Reasons Your Small Business Website is Under Attack
Commentary  |  8/26/2014  | 
There is no such thing as “too small to hack.” If a business has a website, hackers can exploit it.
All In For The Coming World of 'Things'
Commentary  |  8/25/2014  | 
At a Black Hat round table, experts discuss the strategies necessary to lock down the Internet of Things, the most game-changing concept in Internet history.
Flash Poll: CSOs Need A New Boss
Commentary  |  8/22/2014  | 
Only one out of four respondents to our flash poll think the CSO should report to the CIO.
Hacker Or Military? Best Of Both In Cyber Security
Commentary  |  8/21/2014  | 
How radically different approaches play out across the security industry.
Debugging The Myths Of Heartbleed
Commentary  |  8/20/2014  | 
Does Heartbleed really wreak havoc without a trace? The media and many technical sites seemed convinced of this, but some of us were skeptical.
Access Point Pinched From Black Hat Show WLAN
Commentary  |  8/19/2014  | 
A few apparent pranks, practice DDoS attacks, and other mischievous activities were spotted on the Black Hat USA wireless network in Las Vegas this month.
Why John McAfee Is Paranoid About Mobile
Commentary  |  8/19/2014  | 
Mobile apps are posing expanding risks to both enterprises and their customers. But maybe being paranoid about mobile is actually healthy for security.
Cloud Apps & Security: When Sharing Matters
Commentary  |  8/18/2014  | 
Sharing documents and data is happening all over the cloud today but not all sharing activity carries equal risk.
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CVE-2013-4594
Published: 2014-10-25
The Payment for Webform module 7.x-1.x before 7.x-1.5 for Drupal does not restrict access by anonymous users, which allows remote anonymous users to use the payment of other anonymous users when submitting a form that requires payment.

CVE-2014-0476
Published: 2014-10-25
The slapper function in chkrootkit before 0.50 does not properly quote file paths, which allows local users to execute arbitrary code via a Trojan horse executable. NOTE: this is only a vulnerability when /tmp is not mounted with the noexec option.

CVE-2014-1927
Published: 2014-10-25
The shell_quote function in python-gnupg 0.3.5 does not properly quote strings, which allows context-dependent attackers to execute arbitrary code via shell metacharacters in unspecified vectors, as demonstrated using "$(" command-substitution sequences, a different vulnerability than CVE-2014-1928....

CVE-2014-1928
Published: 2014-10-25
The shell_quote function in python-gnupg 0.3.5 does not properly escape characters, which allows context-dependent attackers to execute arbitrary code via shell metacharacters in unspecified vectors, as demonstrated using "\" (backslash) characters to form multi-command sequences, a different vulner...

CVE-2014-1929
Published: 2014-10-25
python-gnupg 0.3.5 and 0.3.6 allows context-dependent attackers to have an unspecified impact via vectors related to "option injection through positional arguments." NOTE: this vulnerability exists because of an incomplete fix for CVE-2013-7323.

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