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Improving the Vulnerability Reporting Process With 5 Steps
Bas Alberts, Principal Security Researcher, GitHub Security LabCommentary
Follow these tips for an effective and positive experience for both the maintainer and external vulnerability reporter.
By Bas Alberts Principal Security Researcher, GitHub Security Lab, 4/22/2021
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University Suspends Project After Researchers Submitted Vulnerable Linux Patches
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
A Linux maintainer pledges to stop taking code submissions from the University of Minnesota after a research team purposely submitted vulnerabilities to show software supply chain weaknesses.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 4/22/2021
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Name That Toon: Greetings, Earthlings
John Klossner, CartoonistCommentary
Caption time! Come up with something out of this world for Dark Reading's latest contest, and our panel of experts will reward the winner with a $25 Amazon gift card.
By John Klossner Cartoonist, 4/22/2021
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Looking for Greater Security Culture? Ask an 8-Bit Plumber
Rick van Galen, Security Engineer, 1PasswordCommentary
After 40 years of navigating catastrophes, video game character Mario can help us with a more intelligent approach to DevOps and improving security culture.
By Rick van Galen Security Engineer, 1Password, 4/22/2021
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10 Free Security Tools at Black Hat Asia 2021
Jai Vijayan, Contributing Writer
Researchers are set to demonstrate a plethora of tools for conducting pen tests, vulnerability assessments, data forensics, and a wide range of other use cases.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 4/22/2021
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Nearly Half of All Malware Is Concealed in TLS-Encrypted Communications
Jai Vijayan, Contributing WriterNews
Forty-six percent of all malware uses the cryptographic protocol to evade detection, communicate with attacker-controlled servers, and to exfiltrate data, new study shows.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 4/22/2021
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Rapid7 Acquires Velociraptor Open Source Project
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
The company plans to use Velociraptor's technology and insights to build out its own incident response capabilities.
By Dark Reading Staff , 4/21/2021
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Justice Dept. Creates Task Force to Stop Ransomware Spread
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
One goal of the group is to take down the criminal ecosystem that enables ransomware, officials say.
By Dark Reading Staff , 4/21/2021
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Zero-Day Flaws in SonicWall Email Security Tool Under Attack
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark ReadingNews
Three zero-day vulnerabilities helped an attacker install a backdoor, access files and emails, and move laterally into a target network.
By Kelly Sheridan Staff Editor, Dark Reading, 4/21/2021
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Business Email Compromise Costs Businesses More Than Ransomware
Charlie Winckless, Senior Director, Cybersecurity Solutions, at PresidioCommentary
Ransomware gets the headlines, but business paid out $1.8 billion last year to resolve BEC issues, according to an FBI report.
By Charlie Winckless Senior Director, Cybersecurity Solutions, at Presidio, 4/21/2021
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How to Attack Yourself Better in 2021
Pavel Suprunyuk, Technical lead of the audit and consulting team, Group-IBCommentary
Social engineering pen testing is just one step in preventing employees from falling victim to cybercriminals.
By Pavel Suprunyuk Technical lead of the audit and consulting team, Group-IB, 4/21/2021
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Attackers Heavily Targeting VPN Vulnerabilities
Jai Vijayan, Contributing WriterNews
Threat actors like attacking the technology because they provide a convenient entry point to enterprise networks.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 4/21/2021
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Pulse Secure VPN Flaws Exploited to Target US Defense Sector
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark ReadingNews
China-linked attackers have used vulnerabilities in the Pulse Secure VPN appliance to attack US Defense Industrial Base networks.
By Kelly Sheridan Staff Editor, Dark Reading, 4/20/2021
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Foreign Spies Target British Nationals With Fake Social Media Profiles
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
British security agency MI5 has launched a new education campaign to warn potential victims of the attacks.
By Dark Reading Staff , 4/20/2021
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Attackers Compromised Code-Checking Vendor's Tool for Two Months
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
A script used to upload sensitive reportswith access to credentials and datastoreslikely sent information on hundreds, possibly thousands, of companies to attackers.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 4/20/2021
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Dept. of Energy Launches Plan to Protect Electric Grid from Cyberattack
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Over the next 100 days, the DoE will work with electric utilities to improve visibility, detection, and response for industrial control systems.
By Dark Reading Staff , 4/20/2021
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2020 Changed Identity Forever; What's Next?
Arthur Coviello, Venture partner at Rally Ventures, LLC and former executive chairman RSA SecurityCommentary
For all the chaos the pandemic caused, it also sparked awareness of how important an identity-centric approach is to securing today's organizations.
By Arthur Coviello Venture partner at Rally Ventures, LLC and former executive chairman RSA Security, 4/20/2021
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7 Old IT Things Every New InfoSec Pro Should Know
Joan Goodchild, Contributing Writer
Beneath all those containers and IoT devices, there's a rich patchwork of gear, protocols, and guidelines that have been holding it together since before you were born. Knowledge of those fundamentals is growing more valuable, not less.
By Joan Goodchild Contributing Writer, 4/20/2021
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Beware the Bug Bounty
Joseph Neumann & Doug Hudson, Cyber Executive Advisor / Senior Director, CoalfireCommentary
In recent months, bug-bounty programs have shifted from mitigating risk to inadvertently creating new liabilities for customers and vendors.
By Joseph Neumann & Doug Hudson Cyber Executive Advisor / Senior Director, Coalfire, 4/20/2021
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White House Scales Back Response to SolarWinds & Exchange Server Attacks
Jai Vijayan, Contributing WriterNews
Lessons learned from the Unified Coordination Groups will be used to inform future response efforts, a government official says.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 4/19/2021
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CVE-2021-27400
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-22
HashiCorp Vault and Vault Enterprise Cassandra integrations (storage backend and database secrets engine plugin) did not validate TLS certificates when connecting to Cassandra clusters. Fixed in 1.6.4 and 1.7.1
CVE-2021-29653
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-22
HashiCorp Vault and Vault Enterprise 1.5.1 and newer, under certain circumstances, may exclude revoked but unexpired certificates from the CRL. Fixed in 1.5.8, 1.6.4, and 1.7.1.
CVE-2021-30476
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-22
HashiCorp Terraform’s Vault Provider (terraform-provider-vault) did not correctly configure GCE-type bound labels for Vault’s GCP auth method. Fixed in 2.19.1.
CVE-2021-22540
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-22
Bad validation logic in the Dart SDK versions prior to 2.12.3 allow an attacker to use an XSS attack via DOM clobbering. The validation logic in dart:html for creating DOM nodes from text did not sanitize properly when it came across template tags.
CVE-2021-27736
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-22
FusionAuth fusionauth-samlv2 before 0.5.4 allows XXE attacks via a forged AuthnRequest or LogoutRequest because parseFromBytes uses javax.xml.parsers.DocumentBuilderFactory unsafely.
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