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Content posted in May 2015
How I Would Secure The Internet With $4 Billion
Commentary  |  5/29/2015  | 
In an open letter to President Obama, a member of the Open Web Application Security Project tells why pending legislation on threat-intel sharing doesnt go far enough.
FUD Watch: The Marketing Of Security Vulnerabilities
Commentary  |  5/28/2015  | 
Im all for raising awareness, but making designer vulnerabilities, catchy logos and content part of the disclosure process is a step in the wrong direction.
Escalating Cyberattacks Threaten US Healthcare Systems
Commentary  |  5/27/2015  | 
Electronic health records are prime targets because healthcare organizations lack the resources, processes, and technologies to protect them. And its only going to get worse.
State-Sponsored Cybercrime: A Growing Business Threat
Commentary  |  5/26/2015  | 
You dont have to be the size of Sony -- or even mock North Korea -- to be a target.
DR Radio: Incident Response War-Gaming
Commentary  |  5/25/2015  | 
Learn how to practice the post-breach panicking.
Cyber Threat Analysis: A Call for Clarity
Commentary  |  5/22/2015  | 
The general public deserves less hyperbole and more straight talk
Data Encryption In The Cloud: Square Pegs In Round Holes
Commentary  |  5/21/2015  | 
Conventional encryption is a surefire solution for protecting sensitive data -- except when it breaks cloud applications. Format-preserving encryption could change all that.
5 Signs Credentials In Your Network Are Being Compromised
Commentary  |  5/20/2015  | 
Where should you start to keep ahead of attackers using insiders to steal corporate secrets or personal identifiable information? Check out these common scenarios.
Hacking Airplanes: No One Benefits When Lives Are Risked To Prove A Point
Commentary  |  5/19/2015  | 
In the brave new world of self-driving cars and Wifi-enabled pacemakers, everything we do as information security professionals, everything we hack, every joke we make on Twitter, has real, quantifiable consequences.
Why We Can't Afford To Give Up On Cybersecurity Defense
Commentary  |  5/18/2015  | 
There is no quick fix, but organizations can massively reduce the complexity of building secure applications by empowering developers with four basic practices.
The Cybercrime Carnival in Brazil: Loose Cyberlaws Make for Loose Cybercriminals
Commentary  |  5/15/2015  | 
Brazil loses over $8 billion a year to Internet crime, making it the second-largest cybercrime generator in the world.
When Encrypted Communication Is Not Good Enough
Commentary  |  5/14/2015  | 
For the vast majority of conversations -- on paper, by phone or computer -- encryption is a perfectly adequate form of protection. Unless, of course, a life or livelihood is at stake.
Taking A Security Program From Zero To Hero
Commentary  |  5/13/2015  | 
Breaking the enigma of InfoSec into smaller bites is a proven method for building up an organizations security capabilities. Here are six steps to get you started.
Vulnerability Disclosure Deja Vu: Prosecute Crime Not Research
Commentary  |  5/12/2015  | 
There is a lesson to be learned from a locksmith living 150 years ago: Attackers and criminals are the only parties who benefit when security researchers fear the consequences for reporting issues.
Protecting The Data Lifecycle From Network To Cloud
Commentary  |  5/12/2015  | 
Enterprises are pushing more sensitive and regulated data into the public cloud than ever before. But the journey carries many new risks.
Deconstructing Mobile Fraud Risk
Commentary  |  5/5/2015  | 
Todays enterprise security solutions dont do enough to manage BYOD risk, credit card theft and the reputational damage resulting from a major data breach.
Building a Stronger Security Strategy: 6 Tips
Commentary  |  5/4/2015  | 
CIO offers his formula for achieving the right balance between data security and employee productivity and convenience
Nine Years Later, IT Security Is Even More Important To Business
Commentary  |  5/1/2015  | 
As Dark Reading celebrates its ninth year of publication, the security industry prepares for its next round of evolution.


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Dawn Kawamoto, Associate Editor, Dark Reading,  11/17/2017
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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.