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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.


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CVE-2013-7445
Published: 2015-10-15
The Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) subsystem in the Linux kernel through 4.x mishandles requests for Graphics Execution Manager (GEM) objects, which allows context-dependent attackers to cause a denial of service (memory consumption) via an application that processes graphics data, as demonstrated b...

CVE-2015-4948
Published: 2015-10-15
netstat in IBM AIX 5.3, 6.1, and 7.1 and VIOS 2.2.x, when a fibre channel adapter is used, allows local users to gain privileges via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2015-5660
Published: 2015-10-15
Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in eXtplorer before 2.1.8 allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of arbitrary users for requests that execute PHP code.

CVE-2015-6003
Published: 2015-10-15
Directory traversal vulnerability in QNAP QTS before 4.1.4 build 0910 and 4.2.x before 4.2.0 RC2 build 0910, when AFP is enabled, allows remote attackers to read or write to arbitrary files by leveraging access to an OS X (1) user or (2) guest account.

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Published: 2015-10-15
Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) 1.1j allows local users to gain privileges via vectors involving addition of an SSH key, aka Bug ID CSCuw46076.

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In past years, security researchers have discovered ways to hack cars, medical devices, automated teller machines, and many other targets. Dark Reading Executive Editor Kelly Jackson Higgins hosts researcher Samy Kamkar and Levi Gundert, vice president of threat intelligence at Recorded Future, to discuss some of 2016's most unusual and creative hacks by white hats, and what these new vulnerabilities might mean for the coming year.