Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Comments
5 Obamacare Health Site Security Warnings
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
MarciaNWC
50%
50%
MarciaNWC,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/9/2013 | 6:51:44 PM
re: 5 Obamacare Health Site Security Warnings
Seems like development was rushed, making security less of a priority, which is fairly shocking considering the sensitivity of the data involved.
JEngdahlJ
50%
50%
JEngdahlJ,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/8/2013 | 3:32:29 PM
re: 5 Obamacare Health Site Security Warnings
Communicating healthcare reform: Helping navigate the waters. See: http://www.healthcaretownhall....
Mathew
50%
50%
Mathew,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/8/2013 | 12:11:21 PM
re: 5 Obamacare Health Site Security Warnings
I don't think the lack of availability will pose a security risk. I think any failures will simply result in the site being unavailable.

Still, the domain of load management and load balancing seems pretty circa-late-1990s. Meaning that with proper prep time, all of this should have been ironed out well in advance. But as you noted in your tech critique of the insurance exchanges, owing perhaps to the timelines involved (short) and logic requirements (complex, given the complex law that the site and its workflows must accommodate), obviously too little time has been spent to ensure the site can meet projected demand.

Data quality also sounds like an ongoing challenge, with insurers reporting last week that they had seen few (if any) actual applications, suggesting that the system isn't yet as automated -- and the source data as clean -- as it will need to be.

On the flip side, in this era of agile development, perhaps there are some upsides to the current scenario? The high-profile launch, while frustrating for users, has lit a fire under development teams, and whoever is holding their purse strings. How many federal and state IT projects in the past have too often exceeded their budgets, been "over-redesigned" throughout implementation and as a result faced interminable delays, if ever reaching fruition? But heathcare.gov is now live. The development team must iterate, refine and improve the system to the point where it should have been, prior to being launched.
David F. Carr
50%
50%
David F. Carr,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/7/2013 | 6:31:04 PM
re: 5 Obamacare Health Site Security Warnings
I wonder if there are risks inherent to the sites being overloaded - whether they're likely to fail under stress in a way that reveals private info


Mobile Banking Malware Up 50% in First Half of 2019
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/17/2020
Active Directory Needs an Update: Here's Why
Raz Rafaeli, CEO and Co-Founder at Secret Double Octopus,  1/16/2020
New Attack Campaigns Suggest Emotet Threat Is Far From Over
Jai Vijayan, Contributing Writer,  1/16/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
The Year in Security: 2019
This Tech Digest provides a wrap up and overview of the year's top cybersecurity news stories. It was a year of new twists on old threats, with fears of another WannaCry-type worm and of a possible botnet army of Wi-Fi routers. But 2019 also underscored the risk of firmware and trusted security tools harboring dangerous holes that cybercriminals and nation-state hackers could readily abuse. Read more.
Flash Poll
How Enterprises are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
How Enterprises are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
Organizations have invested in a sweeping array of security technologies to address challenges associated with the growing number of cybersecurity attacks. However, the complexity involved in managing these technologies is emerging as a major problem. Read this report to find out what your peers biggest security challenges are and the technologies they are using to address them.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-5216
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-23
In Secure Headers (RubyGem secure_headers), a directive injection vulnerability is present in versions before 3.9.0, 5.2.0, and 6.3.0. If user-supplied input was passed into append/override_content_security_policy_directives, a newline could be injected leading to limited header injection. Upon seei...
CVE-2020-5217
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-23
In Secure Headers (RubyGem secure_headers), a directive injection vulnerability is present in versions before 3.8.0, 5.1.0, and 6.2.0. If user-supplied input was passed into append/override_content_security_policy_directives, a semicolon could be injected leading to directive injection. This could b...
CVE-2020-5223
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-23
In PrivateBin versions 1.2.0 before 1.2.2, and 1.3.0 before 1.3.2, a persistent XSS attack is possible. Under certain conditions, a user provided attachment file name can inject HTML leading to a persistent Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability. The vulnerability has been fixed in PrivateBin v1.3...
CVE-2019-20399
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-23
A timing vulnerability in the Scalar::check_overflow function in Parity libsecp256k1-rs before 0.3.1 potentially allows an attacker to leak information via a side-channel attack.
CVE-2020-7915
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-22
An issue was discovered on Eaton 5P 850 devices. The Ubicacion SAI field allows XSS attacks by an administrator.