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Co-founder and CTO, Obsidian Security
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Ben Johnson is CTO and co-founder of Obsidian Security. Prior to founding Obsidian, he co-founded Carbon Black and most recently served as the company's chief security strategist. As the company's original CTO, he led efforts to create the powerful capabilities that helped define the next-generation endpoint security space. Prior to Carbon Black, Ben was an NSA computer scientist and later worked as a cyber engineer in an advanced intrusion operations division for the intelligence community.

Johnson has extensive experience building complex systems for environments where speed and reliability are paramount. His background also includes a great deal of technical "agility," having worked on advanced operational teams supporting US national security missions and writing complex calculation engines for the financial sector.

Johnson earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Chicago and a master's degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University. He also taught "Entrepreneurship in Technology" in the Masters Program of Computer Science at the University of Chicago in 2016 and 2017.

Articles by Ben Johnson
posted in June 2016
WebAuthn, FIDO2 Infuse Browsers, Platforms with Strong Authentication
John Fontana, Standards & Identity Analyst, Yubico,  9/19/2018
New Cold Boot Attack Gives Hackers the Keys to PCs, Macs
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  9/13/2018
Mirai Hackers' Sentence Includes No Jail Time
Dark Reading Staff 9/19/2018
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CVE-2018-17243
PUBLISHED: 2018-09-20
Global Search in Zoho ManageEngine OpManager before 12.3 123205 allows SQL Injection.
CVE-2018-17232
PUBLISHED: 2018-09-20
SQL injection vulnerability in archivebot.py in docmarionum1 Slack ArchiveBot (aka slack-archive-bot) before 2018-09-19 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary SQL commands via the text parameter to cursor.execute().
CVE-2018-17233
PUBLISHED: 2018-09-20
A SIGFPE signal is raised in the function H5D__create_chunk_file_map_hyper() of H5Dchunk.c in the HDF HDF5 through 1.10.3 library during an attempted parse of a crafted HDF file, because of incorrect protection against division by zero. It could allow a remote denial of service attack.
CVE-2018-17234
PUBLISHED: 2018-09-20
Memory leak in the H5O__chunk_deserialize() function in H5Ocache.c in the HDF HDF5 through 1.10.3 library allows attackers to cause a denial of service (memory consumption) via a crafted HDF5 file.
CVE-2018-17235
PUBLISHED: 2018-09-20
The function mp4v2::impl::MP4Track::FinishSdtp() in mp4track.cpp in libmp4v2 2.1.0 mishandles compatibleBrand while processing a crafted mp4 file, which leads to a heap-based buffer over-read, causing denial of service.