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Content posted in December 2016
The Bug Bounty Model: 21 Years & Counting
Commentary  |  12/29/2016  | 
A look back on the beginnings of crowdsourced vulnerability assessment and how its robust history is paving the way for the future.
How Artificial Intelligence Will Solve The Security Skills Shortage
Commentary  |  12/28/2016  | 
Unlike industries that fear the intrusion of AI, the infosec world is embracing this revolutionary technology, and the seismic changes it will bring to threat detection and mitigation.
Greatest Hits Of 2016: Readers' Picks For The Years' Best Commentary
Commentary  |  12/27/2016  | 
Heres what topped the Dark Reading page-view charts from the security industrys brightest minds, coolest rock stars, and up-and-coming leaders.
A Cybersecurity Christmas Story
Partner Perspectives  |  12/23/2016  | 
Automation and orchestration will be essential components of security in 2017.
Network Security: An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Reaction
Commentary  |  12/22/2016  | 
For humans ailments, prevention might begin with an allergist. In security, it's the network engineer.
Explained: Domain-Generating Algorithms
Partner Perspectives  |  12/21/2016  | 
Cybercriminals use domain-generating algorithms to prevent their servers from being blacklisted or taken down.
Security Analytics: Don't Let Your Data Lake Turn Into A Data Swamp
Commentary  |  12/21/2016  | 
It's easy to get bogged down when looking for insights from data using Hadoop. But that doesn't have to happen, and these tips can help.
20 Questions Security Pros Should Ask Themselves Before Moving To The Cloud
Commentary  |  12/20/2016  | 
A template for working collaboratively with the business in todays rapidly changing technology environment.
Investments In Security Operations Centers Are Paying Off, Study Finds
Partner Perspectives  |  12/19/2016  | 
SOCs help organizations reduce security incidents and improve operational maturity.
Brute-Force Botnet Attacks Now Elude Volumetric Detection
Commentary  |  12/19/2016  | 
It just became harder to distinguish bot behavior from human behavior.
Phishing Can Leverage Users To Bypass Sandboxes
Partner Perspectives  |  12/19/2016  | 
Using social engineering to bypass traditional security defenses is not new and will certainly continue to grow.
Has The Security Industry Failed Its Customers?
Commentary  |  12/16/2016  | 
Short answer: Not really. But the odds of staying safe from a cyberattack go way up when you follow these six tips for security hygiene.
Hurricanes, Earthquakes & Threat Intelligence
Commentary  |  12/15/2016  | 
You must be prepared for foreseeable attacks as well as the ones that sneak up on you.
Are Unconscious Biases Weakening Your Security Posture?
Partner Perspectives  |  12/15/2016  | 
Proactively addressing your biases can help you build a resilient and adaptable security foundation.
Its Time For Organizations To Automate Security
Partner Perspectives  |  12/14/2016  | 
Security automation makes more efficient use of scarce security resources, freeing them up for more proactive tasks.
Anti-Malware Is Necessary In The Data Center: 3 Examples
Commentary  |  12/14/2016  | 
Simply because data center endpoints dont have the same threat profile as general desktops doesnt mean they dont need anti-malware software. Heres why.
The Internet Of Things: When Bigger Is Not Better
Commentary  |  12/13/2016  | 
What happens when 10,000 companies add programmability and connectivity to their products, and we increase the Internets attack surface by a million times or more?
Security In 2017: Ransomware Will Remain King
Partner Perspectives  |  12/13/2016  | 
Businesses, consumers, and security professionals must face this reality and take the necessary steps to educate each other and protect their networks.
Dark Reading Radio: The Coolest Hacks Of 2016
Commentary  |  12/12/2016  | 
Tune in this Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 1pm ET to hear famed researchers Samy Kamkar and Levi Gundert weigh in on some of the most innovative and creative white-hat hacks from the past year.
Whats Naughty & Nice About The Internet Of Things
Commentary  |  12/12/2016  | 
It's easy to catalogue the worst IoT security hazards. But that's not the whole story.
Machine-Learning Algorithms Improve Detection Time For Modern Threats
Partner Perspectives  |  12/12/2016  | 
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are essential to combat a threat landscape that is larger and more sophisticated than ever.
Why Video Game Publishers Must Adopt Enforceable Security Standards
Commentary  |  12/9/2016  | 
Video games have been under attack at an unprecedented rate since 2012, with cyber criminals playing an increasingly significant role.
From Carna To Mirai: Recovering From A Lost Opportunity
Commentary  |  12/8/2016  | 
We had four years to prepare for recent DDoS attacks and failed. How can we learn from our mistakes?
Survey Stresses Importance Of Securing The Internet of Things
Partner Perspectives  |  12/7/2016  | 
If organizations monitor and deploy IoT devices with caution, they can stay ahead of the curve and continue to keep all of their endpoints protected.
Biometric Technology Is Not A Cure-All For Password Woes
Commentary  |  12/7/2016  | 
No single authentication token is infallible. The only real solution is multifactor authentication.
PoisonTap USB Device Can Hack A Locked PC In A Minute
Partner Perspectives  |  12/6/2016  | 
This is just one example of an emerging technology that enables anyone with physical access to a computers USB port to potentially harvest data and gain access by spoofing an Internet ecosystem.
Web Gateways: 5 Big Security Challenges
Commentary  |  12/6/2016  | 
Overreliance on Web gateways is putting data, users, customers, organizations, and reputation in harm's way.
Protect Your Company From Hackable Holiday Gifts
Partner Perspectives  |  12/5/2016  | 
This holiday season promises to be full of devices, apps, and connectivity. Planning and executing appropriate security precautions now will save your business from a serious breach later.
Avalanche Cybercrime Platform Takedown Leaves A Lot To Clean Up
Partner Perspectives  |  12/5/2016  | 
Help us wipe out the remaining bots and put an end to Avalanche once and for all.
Reality Check: Getting Serious About IoT Security
Commentary  |  12/5/2016  | 
The Department of Homeland Security is fully justified in urging security standards for the Internet of Things.
The Human Firewall: Why People Are Critical To Email Security
Commentary  |  12/2/2016  | 
Technology is just the beginning; employees must be fully on board with security procedures.
Cybercriminals Next Target: Long-Term Prizes (Part 2 of 2)
Partner Perspectives  |  12/1/2016  | 
Attacks of a more strategic nature will test early blockchain implementations and continue to explore ways to monetize weak IoT devices.
20 Questions Smart Security Pros Should Ask About 'Intelligence'
Commentary  |  12/1/2016  | 
Threat intel is a hot but complicated topic that encompasses a lot more than just data feeds. Here's how to get beyond the fear, uncertainty, and doubt to maximize its potential.


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CVE-2020-15703
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-31
There is no input validation on the Locale property in an apt transaction. An unprivileged user can supply a full path to a writable directory, which lets aptd read a file as root. Having a symlink in place results in an error message if the file exists, and no error otherwise. This way an unprivile...
CVE-2020-5991
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-30
NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit, all versions prior to 11.1.1, contains a vulnerability in the NVJPEG library in which an out-of-bounds read or write operation may lead to code execution, denial of service, or information disclosure.
CVE-2020-15273
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-30
baserCMS before version 4.4.1 is vulnerable to Cross-Site Scripting. The issue affects the following components: Edit feed settings, Edit widget area, Sub site new registration, New category registration. Arbitrary JavaScript may be executed by entering specific characters in the account that can ac...
CVE-2020-15276
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-30
baserCMS before version 4.4.1 is vulnerable to Cross-Site Scripting. Arbitrary JavaScript may be executed by entering a crafted nickname in blog comments. The issue affects the blog comment component. It is fixed in version 4.4.1.
CVE-2020-15277
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-30
baserCMS before version 4.4.1 is affected by Remote Code Execution (RCE). Code may be executed by logging in as a system administrator and uploading an executable script file such as a PHP file. The Edit template component is vulnerable. The issue is fixed in version 4.4.1.