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 Keith Ferrell

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Articles by Keith Ferrell
posted in February 2009

PCI Compliance Questions? You're Hardly Alone.

The more companies breached, the likelier we are to hear more clamor for for tighter, stricter, tougher compliance standards for companies handling customer credit card information. But some feel it will take a lot more breaches before standards get a lot tighter.

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Breach! More Payment Processor Problems

The news of another -- another! -- payment processor data breach makes it clear that the crooks have selected processing companies as the battleground of choice in their efforts to grab your customers' credit card information.

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Data Compliance: Massachusetts Law Has National Implications (If It Ever Gets Finished)

Massachusetts' decision to revise its exceptionally tough new data privacy law (which will exert effects far beyond the Commonwealth's borders) has a lot of businesses (not to mention their lawyers and compliance advisers) wondering just what to do and when. How do you know what to comply with, and what to finesse? How far do you go in complying with a law that may be changed in the next few months?

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Microsoft Puts $250,000 Bounty On Downadup Bot Author

Even as the Downadup (aka Conficker) infection spreads at a rate of millions of compromised machines a day spreads, Microsoft is leading a group of security organizations and companies in attempt to nab the malware's author(s). There's a $250,000 price on the malware creator's head(s)now.

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Identity Theft Rises, ID Thieves' Take Falls

The number of identity theft cases jumped more than 20% in 2008, but the amount the crooks got per theft dropped by more than 30%, a result of savvier consumers and businesses acting more swiftly when identity is taken. New study just out from Javelin Strategy & Research.

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Twitter Clickjacking Hack Potential Revealed

Twitterjacking? Tweethacking? Too early for a clever name yet, but a proof of concept for a clickjacking hack aimed at Twitter's "What Are You Doing" update has been released. The hacks themselves may not be far behind.

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Google Glitch Serves Warning

For an hour or so this weekend Google sent a signal that the entire Internet was a malware site. The glitch is a reminder of just how easily single company dominance -- and our dependency on single companies -- of a service can be.

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The Linux kernel before 5.11.14 has a use-after-free in cipso_v4_genopt in net/ipv4/cipso_ipv4.c because the CIPSO and CALIPSO refcounting for the DOI definitions is mishandled, aka CID-ad5d07f4a9cd. This leads to writing an arbitrary value.
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In the Linux kernel before 5.12.4, net/bluetooth/hci_event.c has a use-after-free when destroying an hci_chan, aka CID-5c4c8c954409. This leads to writing an arbitrary value.
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The block subsystem in the Linux kernel before 5.2 has a use-after-free that can lead to arbitrary code execution in the kernel context and privilege escalation, aka CID-c3e2219216c9. This is related to blk_mq_free_rqs and blk_cleanup_queue.
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A heap buffer overflow read was discovered in upx 4.0.0, because the check in p_lx_elf.cpp is not perfect.
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A Zip Slip vulnerability was found in the oc binary in openshift-clients where an arbitrary file write is achieved by using a specially crafted raw container image (.tar file) which contains symbolic links. The vulnerability is limited to the command `oc image extract`. If a symbolic link is first c...