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Content posted in January 2006
Can StopBadware Save The Universe From ... 'Badware'?
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
It's debatable whether StopBadware.org's education campaign against deceptive adware, spyware, and other malware will provide much of a counterweight against the growth of the lucrative adware/spyware industry, given that this software is often installed without the user's knowledge and is difficult to remove. Launched this week, this group of tech industry leaders, academics, and consumer advocates certainly
Privacy: Three Cheers For Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo For Doing The Right Thing
Commentary  |  1/25/2006  | 
First of all, three cheers for Microsoft! The latest news has the company defending its decision to cooperate with the Justice Department in an anti-pornography effort.
Single Sign-On Is A Myth
Commentary  |  1/24/2006  | 
The brass ring in identity management is to create one universal user identity per employee, contractor, or business partner that can be managed centrally and recognized by all applications, operating systems, and databases that a user encounters. But it's a fool's gold for companies to think that they can achieve "single sign-on" capabilities for their users, Dennis Brixius, the McGraw-Hill Cos. VP and chief security officer, said Tuesday at an identity-management seminar hosted by Oracle. Give
Paint Another Target On Cisco As Enterprise VoIP Grows
Commentary  |  1/20/2006  | 
Cisco's revelation Wednesday of two security alerts and fixes for CallManager, the software-based call-processing component of its IP communications technology, could have washed waves of despair over the budding voice-over-IP market. That is, if it had been the first whiff of security trouble for VoIP. The ability to launch denial-of-service attacks against VoIP networks, Cisco VoIP networks in particular, is nothing new. The real concern is holding the line against damage inflicted by VoIP att
Holy_father Delivers Rootkits To The Masses
Commentary  |  1/17/2006  | 
The futility of today's model for antivirus protection is fairly obvious. Plug one hole in the dike and another will sprout. Pretty soon, you're running out of fingers and toes to hold back the flood. It gets worse. Attackers without the skill to create their own malicious hacks can outsource their dirty business to others who will write the code for them and then offer services that keep these rootkits from being detected. It's the virtual version of Spy vs. Spy, with many black hats claiming t


Government Shutdown Brings Certificate Lapse Woes
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  1/11/2019
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CVE-2019-3906
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-18
Premisys Identicard version 3.1.190 contains hardcoded credentials in the WCF service on port 9003. An authenticated remote attacker can use these credentials to access the badge system database and modify its contents.
CVE-2019-3907
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-18
Premisys Identicard version 3.1.190 stores user credentials and other sensitive information with a known weak encryption method (MD5 hash of a salt and password).
CVE-2019-3908
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-18
Premisys Identicard version 3.1.190 stores backup files as encrypted zip files. The password to the zip is hard-coded and unchangeable. An attacker with access to these backups can decrypt them and obtain sensitive data.
CVE-2019-3909
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-18
Premisys Identicard version 3.1.190 database uses default credentials. Users are unable to change the credentials without vendor intervention.
CVE-2019-3910
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-18
Crestron AM-100 before firmware version 1.6.0.2 contains an authentication bypass in the web interface's return.cgi script. Unauthenticated remote users can use the bypass to access some administrator functionality such as configuring update sources and rebooting the device.