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 Matt Ahrens

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Security Team Leader at Coalition
News & Commentary Posts: 1

Matt Ahrens leads the Security Team at Coalition, the leading technology-enabled cyber insurance solution, combining comprehensive insurance and free cybersecurity tools to help businesses manage and mitigate cyber-risk.

Prior to Coalition, he co-founded The Crypsis Group, a leading breach response and forensics firm, where he was a Vice President. Mr. Ahrens has spent much of his career helping organizations prepare for, respond to, and defend against large scale cyber incidents and data breach events, including serving as Vice President of Technology Integration and Director of Security Assessments for GuidePoint Security, and as Senior Manager of IT Security for LivingSocial.

A seasoned security professional with a wide range of experience, Mr. Ahrens is able to quickly and intuitively develop novel remediation techniques for deep technically matters.

Articles by Matt Ahrens
'PowerSnitch' Hacks Androids via Power Banks
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  12/8/2018
Higher Education: 15 Books to Help Cybersecurity Pros Be Better
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  12/12/2018
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CVE-2018-6706
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-12
Insecure handling of temporary files in non-Windows McAfee Agent 5.0.0 through 5.0.6, 5.5.0, and 5.5.1 allows an Unprivileged User to introduce custom paths during agent installation in Linux via unspecified vectors.
CVE-2018-6705
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-12
Privilege escalation vulnerability in McAfee Agent (MA) for Linux 5.0.0 through 5.0.6, 5.5.0, and 5.5.1 allows local users to perform arbitrary command execution via specific conditions.
CVE-2018-15717
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-12
Open Dental before version 18.4 stores user passwords as base64 encoded MD5 hashes.
CVE-2018-15718
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-12
Open Dental before version 18.4 transmits the entire user database over the network when a remote unathenticated user accesses the command prompt. This allows the attacker to gain access to usernames, password hashes, privilege levels, and more.
CVE-2018-15719
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-12
Open Dental before version 18.4 installs a mysql database and uses the default credentials of "root" with a blank password. This allows anyone on the network with access to the server to access all database information.