Risk
8/28/2008
11:22 AM
Keith Ferrell
Keith Ferrell
Commentary
50%
50%

Space Station Laptop Virus: This Isn't Rocket Science!

Then again maybe anti-virus precautions are rocket science, or should be, as witness a worm problem in a laptop onboard the International Space Station.

Then again maybe anti-virus precautions are rocket science, or should be, as witness a worm problem in a laptop onboard the International Space Station.The news that a worm had infected a laptop in the space station was good for a sigh and laugh -- especially since it was quickly made clear that no critical station systems were placed at risk.

When further news revealed that the spacefaring worm was one designed to steal online game logons, the laughs got a little louder.

But when flash card carried by an astronaut was alleged to be a source of the infection, the sighs started to outweigh the laughs -- and these are sighs especially relevant to small and midsize businesses.

Flash cards and every other device or tool that can be connected to any of your equipment are potential sources of infection. If you don't have device monitors and enforceable device policies in place, you're allowing your network -- or unconnected machines -- to be placed at risk.

This really isn't rocket science, no matter what's going on in orbit.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2012-2808
Published: 2015-04-01
The PRNG implementation in the DNS resolver in Bionic in Android before 4.1.1 incorrectly uses time and PID information during the generation of random numbers for query ID values and UDP source ports, which makes it easier for remote attackers to spoof DNS responses by guessing these numbers, a rel...

CVE-2014-9713
Published: 2015-04-01
The default slapd configuration in the Debian openldap package 2.4.23-3 through 2.4.39-1.1 allows remote authenticated users to modify the user's permissions and other user attributes via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2015-0259
Published: 2015-04-01
OpenStack Compute (Nova) before 2014.1.4, 2014.2.x before 2014.2.3, and kilo before kilo-3 does not validate the origin of websocket requests, which allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of users for access to consoles via a crafted webpage.

CVE-2015-0800
Published: 2015-04-01
The PRNG implementation in the DNS resolver in Mozilla Firefox (aka Fennec) before 37.0 on Android does not properly generate random numbers for query ID values and UDP source ports, which makes it easier for remote attackers to spoof DNS responses by guessing these numbers, a related issue to CVE-2...

CVE-2015-0801
Published: 2015-04-01
Mozilla Firefox before 37.0, Firefox ESR 31.x before 31.6, and Thunderbird before 31.6 allow remote attackers to bypass the Same Origin Policy and execute arbitrary JavaScript code with chrome privileges via vectors involving anchor navigation, a similar issue to CVE-2015-0818.

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Good hackers--aka security researchers--are worried about the possible legal and professional ramifications of President Obama's new proposed crackdown on cyber criminals.