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Content posted in March 2016
Machine Learning In Security: Seeing the Nth Dimension in Signatures
Commentary  |  3/31/2016  | 
How adding supervised machine learning to the development of n-dimensional signature engines is moving the detection odds back to the defender.
'FBiOS' Case Heading For A New Firestorm
Commentary  |  3/30/2016  | 
The surprise developments in the FBI v Apple case offer little reason to celebrate for encryption and privacy advocates.
Machine Learning In Security: Good & Bad News About Signatures
Commentary  |  3/30/2016  | 
Why security teams that rely solely on signature-based detection are overwhelmed by a high number of alerts.
From NY To Bangladesh: Inside An Inexcusable Cyber Heist
Commentary  |  3/29/2016  | 
A spelling error was the tipoff to last months multimillion-dollar digital bank heist. But could multifactor authentication have prevented it in the first place?
How 4 Startups Are Harnessing AI In The Invisible Cyberwar
Commentary  |  3/25/2016  | 
Cybersecurity startups are setting their scopes on a potential goldmine of automated systems they hope will be more effective than hiring human enterprise security teams.
Mobile Security: Why App Stores Dont Keep Users Safe
Commentary  |  3/24/2016  | 
In a preview of his Black Hat Asia Briefing next week, a security researcher offers more proof of trouble in the walled gardens of the Apple and Google App stores.
Think Risk When You Talk About Application Security Today
Commentary  |  3/23/2016  | 
Security from a risk-based perspective puts the focus on component failures and provides robust security for the ultimate target of most attacks -- company, customer and personal data.
Vuln Disclosure: Why Security Vendors & Researchers Dont Trust Each Other
Commentary  |  3/22/2016  | 
The security industry doesnt need a one-size-fits all vulnerability disclosure policy. It needs a culture change. Getting everyone to the table is the first step.
Cloud Security: Understanding New Risks, Rising To New Challenges
Commentary  |  3/21/2016  | 
In a business world dominated by the cloud, security ops has to change the way we play the game in order to accomplish our strategic goals.
Tell DR: What Are Your Biggest Unanswered Security Questions?
Commentary  |  3/19/2016  | 
Fill us in, Dark Reading community. What challenges and mysteries leave you scratching your heads and throwing up your hands?
No Place For Tor In The Secured Workplace
Commentary  |  3/18/2016  | 
When it comes to corporate security, anonymity does not necessarily ensure protection of ones private information nor that of your employer.
Security Lessons From My Stock Broker
Commentary  |  3/17/2016  | 
Or, how to lie with metrics.
Beyond Back Doors: Recalibrating The Encryption Policy Debate
Commentary  |  3/17/2016  | 
Three compelling reasons why access to back doors should not be the intelligence and law enforcement communitys main policy thrust in the fight against terrorism.
EU-US Privacy Shield: What Now, What Next?
Commentary  |  3/16/2016  | 
The good news: We finally have a clear direction for continuing trans-Atlantic data transfer after several months in limbo. The bad news is in the remaining uncertainties.
CISO Playbook: Suit-up & Play Offense
Commentary  |  3/15/2016  | 
In the game of IT security there are thousands of tools available, but the very best strategy to prepare for an opponent is to know your own weaknesses.
Dark Reading Radio: When Will Passwords Finally Die?
Commentary  |  3/14/2016  | 
Join us this Wednesday, March 16, at 1pm EDT/10am PDT, for the next episode of Dark Reading Radio.
Understanding The 2 Sides Of Application Security Testing
Commentary  |  3/14/2016  | 
Everybody likes to focus on the top 10 vulnerabilities, but I've never found a company with a top 10 vulnerabilities problem. Every company has a different top 10.
Must Haves & Must Dos For The First Federal CISO
Commentary  |  3/11/2016  | 
Offensive and defensive experience, public/private sector know-how, mini-NSA mindset and vision are top traits we need in a chief information security officer.
Security Lessons From The Gluten Lie
Commentary  |  3/10/2016  | 
How faith healers and security vendors have learned what lies work.
Why Security & DevOps Cant Be Friends
Commentary  |  3/9/2016  | 
Legacy applications are a brush fire waiting to happen. But retrofitting custom code built in the early 2000s is just a small part of the application security problem.
Forgot My Password: Caption Contest Winners Announced
Commentary  |  3/8/2016  | 
Sticky notes, clouds and authentication jokes. And the winning caption is...
A Warning for Wearables: Think Before You Emote
Commentary  |  3/8/2016  | 
An examination of how wearable devices could become the modern equivalent of blogs broadcasting proprietary workplace information directly to the Internet of Things -- and beyond.
Cloud Survival Guide: 3 Tips For CISOs
Commentary  |  3/7/2016  | 
To thrive in the cloud era, CISOs must refashion their roles as business enablers, adopt automation wherever possible, and go back to the basics on security hygiene.
Why Marrying Infosec & Info Governance Boosts Security Capabilities
Commentary  |  3/4/2016  | 
In todays data centric world, security pros need to know where sensitive data is supposed to be, not just where it actually is now.
IoT Security Checklist: Get Ahead Of The Curve
Commentary  |  3/3/2016  | 
The security industry needs to take a Consumer Reports approach to Internet of Things product safety, including rigorous development practices and both physical and digital testing.
Why Your Security Tools Are Exposing You to Added Risks
Commentary  |  3/2/2016  | 
The big lesson from 12 months of security product vulnerabilities: theres no foundation of trust in any piece of software. They all represent a potential new attack vector.
Better Locks Than Back Doors: Why Apple Is Right About Encryption
Commentary  |  3/1/2016  | 
What the landmark privacy case and a new documentary about Stuxnet both have to say about the encryption versus government oversight debate.


Data Leak Week: Billions of Sensitive Files Exposed Online
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  12/10/2019
Intel Issues Fix for 'Plundervolt' SGX Flaw
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  12/11/2019
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CVE-2019-5252
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-14
There is an improper authentication vulnerability in Huawei smartphones (Y9, Honor 8X, Honor 9 Lite, Honor 9i, Y6 Pro). The applock does not perform a sufficient authentication in a rare condition. Successful exploit could allow the attacker to use the application locked by applock in an instant.
CVE-2019-5235
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-14
Some Huawei smart phones have a null pointer dereference vulnerability. An attacker crafts specific packets and sends to the affected product to exploit this vulnerability. Successful exploitation may cause the affected phone to be abnormal.
CVE-2019-5264
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-13
There is an information disclosure vulnerability in certain Huawei smartphones (Mate 10;Mate 10 Pro;Honor V10;Changxiang 7S;P-smart;Changxiang 8 Plus;Y9 2018;Honor 9 Lite;Honor 9i;Mate 9). The software does not properly handle certain information of applications locked by applock in a rare condition...
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PUBLISHED: 2019-12-13
Huawei CloudUSM-EUA V600R006C10;V600R019C00 have an information leak vulnerability. Due to improper configuration, the attacker may cause information leak by successful exploitation.
CVE-2019-5254
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-13
Certain Huawei products (AP2000;IPS Module;NGFW Module;NIP6300;NIP6600;NIP6800;S5700;SVN5600;SVN5800;SVN5800-C;SeMG9811;Secospace AntiDDoS8000;Secospace USG6300;Secospace USG6500;Secospace USG6600;USG6000V;eSpace U1981) have an out-of-bounds read vulnerability. An attacker who logs in to the board m...