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Hacking Back: Two Wrongs Donít Make A Right
Anthony Di Bello, Director, Security Practice, Guidance SoftwareCommentary
Hereís the critical issue: Do you want to risk engaging your company in an ego-fueled war of revenge, or do you want to cut the bad guys off at the pass?
By Anthony Di Bello Director, Security Practice, Guidance Software, 3/30/2015
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Hotel Router Vulnerability A Reminder Of Untrusted WiFi Risks
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
A flaw in a popular router product may have exposed millions of hotel guests, researchers from Cylance say.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 3/27/2015
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Cyber Hunting: 5 Tips To Bag Your Prey
David J. Bianco, Security Architect, SqrrlCommentary
Knowing the lay of the land and where attackers hide is a key element in hunting, both in nature and in the cyber realm.
By David J. Bianco Security Architect, Sqrrl, 3/26/2015
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SSL/TLS Suffers 'Bar Mitzvah Attack'
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Researcher at Black Hat Asia shows how attackers could abuse a known-weak crypto algorithm to steal credentials and other data from encrypted communications.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 3/26/2015
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Researchers Use Heat To Breach Air-Gapped Systems
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
BitWhisper project is part of ongoing air gap security research at Israel's Ben-Gurion University.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 3/25/2015
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Typical Users Know Less About Mobile Privacy Than They Think
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
New Mobile Privacy IQ survey shows a disconnect between perception and practice.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 3/24/2015
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Retailers Adopt Intel-Sharing Portal Used By Banks
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Th Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC) is working with the Financial Services ISAC (FS-ISAC) on its new threat intelligence-sharing platform.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 3/24/2015
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Will POSeidon Preempt BlackPOS?
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
Research from Cisco Talos uncovers newly evolved POS malware with more sophistication than BlackPOS and similarities to Zeus for camouflage.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 3/23/2015
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Context: Finding The Story Inside Your Security Operations Program
Joshua Goldfarb, VP & CTO - Americas, FireEye.Commentary
Whatís missing in todayís chaotic, alert-driven incident response queue is the idea of a narrative that provides a detailed understanding of how an attack actually unfolds.
By Joshua Goldfarb VP & CTO - Americas, FireEye., 3/23/2015
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Rush To Release Resulting In Vulnerable Mobile Apps
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
IT organizations overlooking security in their haste to crank out mobile apps, Ponemon Institute report finds.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 3/20/2015
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Dark Reading Threat Intelligence Survey
InformationWeek Staff,
Threat intelligence is the best way to stay ahead of new and complex attacks, say survey respondents. How analytics influences their IT security strategies varies.
By InformationWeek Staff , 3/20/2015
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Risky Business: Why Monitoring Vulnerability Data Is Never Enough
Bill Ledingham, CTO & Executive VP of Engineering, Black Duck SoftwareCommentary
Keeping tabs on open source code used in your organizationís applications and infrastructure is daunting, especially if you are relying solely on manual methods.
By Bill Ledingham CTO & Executive VP of Engineering, Black Duck Software, 3/19/2015
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Healthcare Breaches Like Premera First Stage Of Bigger Attacks?
Dark Reading Staff, News
With three new healthcare breaches announced this week, but no reported misuse of stolen data, what plans might attackers have for the identity records they pilfered from CHS, Anthem, Premera and others?
By Dark Reading Staff , 3/18/2015
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The Bot Threat For the Rest of Us: Application-Layer Attacks
Rami Essaid, CEO and co-founder, Distil NetworksCommentary
Bots are getting craftier by the day so you may not even know you have a problem.
By Rami Essaid CEO and co-founder, Distil Networks, 3/18/2015
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The Anatomy of Advanced Persistent Threats
Liviu Arsene, Senior E-threat Analyst, Bitdefender
The only way to keep intruders away is to use multiple security mechanisms.
By Liviu Arsene Senior E-threat Analyst, Bitdefender, 3/18/2015
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The 7 Best Social Engineering Attacks Ever
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark Reading
Seven reminders of why technology alone isn't enough to keep you secure.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 3/17/2015
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Microsoft Warns Of Phony Windows Live Digital Certificate
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Unauathorized SSL certificate for 'live.fi' could be used for man-in-the-middle, phishing attacks, Microsoft says.
By Dark Reading Staff , 3/17/2015
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Endpoints, Gateways, and Networks: Teamwork Is Better Than Lone Rangers
Bradon Rogers, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Product and Solution Marketing, Intel Security
Security vendors have a common goal when it comes to protecting their customers from danger. Whatís missing is a common language and protocols for how and what to share.
By Bradon Rogers Senior Vice President, Worldwide Product and Solution Marketing, Intel Security, 3/16/2015
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7 Deadly Sins Of Security Policy Change Management
Nimmy Reichenberg, VP of Strategy, AlgoSecCommentary
Mitigating these deadly sins requires process, visibility and automation. Itís an effort that will improve security and increase business agility.
By Nimmy Reichenberg VP of Strategy, AlgoSec, 3/16/2015
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Has Security Ops Outlived Its Purpose?
Tal Klein, VP Strategy, AdallomCommentary
CISOs will need more than higher headcounts and better automation tools to solve today's security problems.
By Tal Klein VP Strategy, Adallom, 3/13/2015
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CVE-2013-6501
Published: 2015-03-30
The default soap.wsdl_cache_dir setting in (1) php.ini-production and (2) php.ini-development in PHP through 5.6.7 specifies the /tmp directory, which makes it easier for local users to conduct WSDL injection attacks by creating a file under /tmp with a predictable filename that is used by the get_s...

CVE-2014-9652
Published: 2015-03-30
The mconvert function in softmagic.c in file before 5.21, as used in the Fileinfo component in PHP before 5.4.37, 5.5.x before 5.5.21, and 5.6.x before 5.6.5, does not properly handle a certain string-length field during a copy of a truncated version of a Pascal string, which might allow remote atta...

CVE-2014-9653
Published: 2015-03-30
readelf.c in file before 5.22, as used in the Fileinfo component in PHP before 5.4.37, 5.5.x before 5.5.21, and 5.6.x before 5.6.5, does not consider that pread calls sometimes read only a subset of the available data, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (uninitialized memory ...

CVE-2014-9705
Published: 2015-03-30
Heap-based buffer overflow in the enchant_broker_request_dict function in ext/enchant/enchant.c in PHP before 5.4.38, 5.5.x before 5.5.22, and 5.6.x before 5.6.6 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via vectors that trigger creation of multiple dictionaries.

CVE-2014-9709
Published: 2015-03-30
The GetCode_ function in gd_gif_in.c in GD 2.1.1 and earlier, as used in PHP before 5.5.21 and 5.6.x before 5.6.5, allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (buffer over-read and application crash) via a crafted GIF image that is improperly handled by the gdImageCreateFromGif function.

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