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Content posted in December 2016
The Bug Bounty Model: 21 Years & Counting
Commentary  |  12/29/2016  | 
A look back on the beginnings of crowdsourced vulnerability assessment and how its robust history is paving the way for the future.
How Artificial Intelligence Will Solve The Security Skills Shortage
Commentary  |  12/28/2016  | 
Unlike industries that fear the intrusion of AI, the infosec world is embracing this revolutionary technology, and the seismic changes it will bring to threat detection and mitigation.
Greatest Hits Of 2016: Readers' Picks For The Years' Best Commentary
Commentary  |  12/27/2016  | 
Heres what topped the Dark Reading page-view charts from the security industrys brightest minds, coolest rock stars, and up-and-coming leaders.
Network Security: An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Reaction
Commentary  |  12/22/2016  | 
For humans ailments, prevention might begin with an allergist. In security, it's the network engineer.
Security Analytics: Don't Let Your Data Lake Turn Into A Data Swamp
Commentary  |  12/21/2016  | 
It's easy to get bogged down when looking for insights from data using Hadoop. But that doesn't have to happen, and these tips can help.
20 Questions Security Pros Should Ask Themselves Before Moving To The Cloud
Commentary  |  12/20/2016  | 
A template for working collaboratively with the business in todays rapidly changing technology environment.
Brute-Force Botnet Attacks Now Elude Volumetric Detection
Commentary  |  12/19/2016  | 
It just became harder to distinguish bot behavior from human behavior.
Has The Security Industry Failed Its Customers?
Commentary  |  12/16/2016  | 
Short answer: Not really. But the odds of staying safe from a cyberattack go way up when you follow these six tips for security hygiene.
Hurricanes, Earthquakes & Threat Intelligence
Commentary  |  12/15/2016  | 
You must be prepared for foreseeable attacks as well as the ones that sneak up on you.
Anti-Malware Is Necessary In The Data Center: 3 Examples
Commentary  |  12/14/2016  | 
Simply because data center endpoints dont have the same threat profile as general desktops doesnt mean they dont need anti-malware software. Heres why.
The Internet Of Things: When Bigger Is Not Better
Commentary  |  12/13/2016  | 
What happens when 10,000 companies add programmability and connectivity to their products, and we increase the Internets attack surface by a million times or more?
Dark Reading Radio: The Coolest Hacks Of 2016
Commentary  |  12/12/2016  | 
Tune in this Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 1pm ET to hear famed researchers Samy Kamkar and Levi Gundert weigh in on some of the most innovative and creative white-hat hacks from the past year.
Whats Naughty & Nice About The Internet Of Things
Commentary  |  12/12/2016  | 
It's easy to catalogue the worst IoT security hazards. But that's not the whole story.
Why Video Game Publishers Must Adopt Enforceable Security Standards
Commentary  |  12/9/2016  | 
Video games have been under attack at an unprecedented rate since 2012, with cyber criminals playing an increasingly significant role.
From Carna To Mirai: Recovering From A Lost Opportunity
Commentary  |  12/8/2016  | 
We had four years to prepare for recent DDoS attacks and failed. How can we learn from our mistakes?
Biometric Technology Is Not A Cure-All For Password Woes
Commentary  |  12/7/2016  | 
No single authentication token is infallible. The only real solution is multifactor authentication.
Web Gateways: 5 Big Security Challenges
Commentary  |  12/6/2016  | 
Overreliance on Web gateways is putting data, users, customers, organizations, and reputation in harm's way.
Reality Check: Getting Serious About IoT Security
Commentary  |  12/5/2016  | 
The Department of Homeland Security is fully justified in urging security standards for the Internet of Things.
The Human Firewall: Why People Are Critical To Email Security
Commentary  |  12/2/2016  | 
Technology is just the beginning; employees must be fully on board with security procedures.
20 Questions Smart Security Pros Should Ask About 'Intelligence'
Commentary  |  12/1/2016  | 
Threat intel is a hot but complicated topic that encompasses a lot more than just data feeds. Here's how to get beyond the fear, uncertainty, and doubt to maximize its potential.


BlueBorne Attack Highlights Flaws in Linux, IoT Security
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark Reading,  12/14/2017
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CVE-2017-0290
Published: 2017-05-09
NScript in mpengine in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine with Engine Version before 1.1.13704.0, as used in Windows Defender and other products, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (type confusion and application crash) via crafted JavaScript code within ...

CVE-2016-10369
Published: 2017-05-08
unixsocket.c in lxterminal through 0.3.0 insecurely uses /tmp for a socket file, allowing a local user to cause a denial of service (preventing terminal launch), or possibly have other impact (bypassing terminal access control).

CVE-2016-8202
Published: 2017-05-08
A privilege escalation vulnerability in Brocade Fibre Channel SAN products running Brocade Fabric OS (FOS) releases earlier than v7.4.1d and v8.0.1b could allow an authenticated attacker to elevate the privileges of user accounts accessing the system via command line interface. With affected version...

CVE-2016-8209
Published: 2017-05-08
Improper checks for unusual or exceptional conditions in Brocade NetIron 05.8.00 and later releases up to and including 06.1.00, when the Management Module is continuously scanned on port 22, may allow attackers to cause a denial of service (crash and reload) of the management module.

CVE-2017-0890
Published: 2017-05-08
Nextcloud Server before 11.0.3 is vulnerable to an inadequate escaping leading to a XSS vulnerability in the search module. To be exploitable a user has to write or paste malicious content into the search dialogue.