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Content posted in February 2015
Cyber Intelligence: Defining What You Know
Commentary  |  2/27/2015  | 
Too often management settles for security data about things that are assumed rather than things you can prove or that you know are definitely wrong.
How To Reduce Spam & Phishing With DMARC
Commentary  |  2/26/2015  | 
Providers of more than 3 billion email boxes have taken up a new Internet protocol to help put trust back into electronic messaging.
Customers Arent the Only Victims: 5 Stages Of Data Breach Grief
Commentary  |  2/25/2015  | 
What can we learn from organizations that have experienced a data beach? For one thing, infosec teams on the front lines of cyber security are also victims.
From Hacking Systems To Hacking People
Commentary  |  2/24/2015  | 
New low-tech attack methods like visual hacking demand an information security environment that values data privacy and a self-policing culture.
Blackhat, The Movie: Good, Bad & Ridiculous
Commentary  |  2/23/2015  | 
It didnt take home an Oscar, but in some instances Blackhat was right on point. Still, a white-hat hacker with the skills to take out armed opponents?
Who Cares Whos Behind A Data Breach?
Commentary  |  2/20/2015  | 
Attribution takes a long time, a lot of work, and a healthy dose of luck. But is it worth the effort?
Our Governments Are Making Us More Vulnerable
Commentary  |  2/19/2015  | 
Stuxnet opened Pandoras box and today state-sponsored cyber security policies continue to put us at risk. Here are three reasons why.
How We Can Prevent Another Anthem Breach
Commentary  |  2/18/2015  | 
Two things could have mitigated the damage and maybe even prevented any loss at all: behavioral analysis and context-aware access control.
How To Get More Involved In The IT Security Community
Commentary  |  2/18/2015  | 
Dark Reading Radio offers tips on how to network with your IT security peers, learn more about the industry and the profession, and participate in community outreach
Why The USA Hacks
Commentary  |  2/17/2015  | 
The U.S. government views cyberspace as just another theater of war akin to air, land and sea, and it operates in the domain for one basic reason: national defense.
Sony Hack: Poster Child For A New Era Of Cyber Attacks
Commentary  |  2/13/2015  | 
What made the Sony breach unique is the combination of four common tactics into a single orchestrated campaign designed to bend a victim to the will of the attackers.
A Winning Strategy: Must Patch, Should Patch, Can't Patch
Commentary  |  2/11/2015  | 
The best way to have a significant impact on your company's security posture is to develop an organized effort for patching vulnerabilities.
How Malware Bypasses Our Most Advanced Security Measures
Commentary  |  2/10/2015  | 
We unpack three common attack vectors and five evasion detection techniques.
Bridging the Cybersecurity Skills Gap: 3 Big Steps
Commentary  |  2/9/2015  | 
The stakes are high. Establishing clear pathways into the industry, standardizing jobs, and assessing skills will require industry-wide consensus and earnest collaboration.
Why Israel Hacks
Commentary  |  2/5/2015  | 
Israel's tenuous position in the world drives its leaders to stay ahead of its cyber adversaries, chief among them the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Shifting Paradigms: The Case for Cyber Counter-Intelligence
Commentary  |  2/4/2015  | 
Cyber Counter-Intelligence and traditional information security share many aspects. But CCI picks up where infosec ends -- with an emphasis on governance, automation, timeliness, and reporting.
Proposed Federal Data Breach Law Is Nice Gesture But No Panacea
Commentary  |  2/3/2015  | 
President Obamas SOTU proposal demonstrates the growing importance of data protection for individuals but does little to address compliance complexities for business.


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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.

CVE-2015-6333
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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