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.

Threat Intelligence

7/29/2019
09:00 AM
50%
50%

9 Things That Don't Worry You Today (But Should)

There are security concerns that go far beyond the usual suspects. Here are some that should be on your list of scary things.
Previous
1 of 10
Next

(Image Source: Sergey Nivens via Adobe Stock)
(Image Source: Sergey Nivens via Adobe Stock)

There are lots of things to keep a security professional up at night, from virulent malware to zero-day vulnerabilities to users wildly clicking on every attachment that hits their in-boxes. Unfortunately, the well-known hazards aren't nearly all that security folks should be worried about.

Constantly expanding capabilities in computing have given rise to a constantly growing list of threat sources. From misapplied technologies that normally serve worthwhile purposes to poor behavior on the part of users (there's that word, again), security issues abound in places both expected and unexpected.

This time, we're looking at the "unexpected" side of the ledger. Beginning with a way in which one of the basic tools of transferring and storing files (the .ZIP compression method) and including technologies that should protect you but probably won't (passwords and OpenPGP) there are plenty of things to think about when it comes to your enterprise security.

For better or for worse — possibly both — this list is not filled with technologies, products, and activities that can simply be carved out of every enterprise activity. It is, for example, highly unlikely that you'll simply be able to leave passwords in history's dustbin anytime soon. But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't be aware of the various ways in which passwords can fail your organization and make it more vulnerable than you believe it to be.

Security research is ongoing and these items came from a variety of researchers, papers, podcasts, and websites across the Internet. And this list is in no way exhaustive — there are plenty of potentially scary things out there, just waiting to bite security professionals (and their companies) who get a bit too complacent.

So, what are the scary things on your list? We'd like to see the items that you worry about that we didn't mention. Comments are open and waiting for you to add to the body of scary knowledge at Dark Reading.

 

 

Curtis Franklin Jr. is Senior Editor at Dark Reading. In this role he focuses on product and technology coverage for the publication. In addition he works on audio and video programming for Dark Reading and contributes to activities at Interop ITX, Black Hat, INsecurity, and ... View Full Bio

Previous
1 of 10
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
edshawn61
50%
50%
edshawn61,
User Rank: Apprentice
7/29/2019 | 6:43:43 PM
Great job
Your take on this topic is very interesting!
Why Cyber-Risk Is a C-Suite Issue
Marc Wilczek, Digital Strategist & CIO Advisor,  11/12/2019
Black Hat Q&A: Hacking a '90s Sports Car
Black Hat Staff, ,  11/7/2019
The Cold Truth about Cyber Insurance
Chris Kennedy, CISO & VP Customer Success, AttackIQ,  11/7/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
7 Threats & Disruptive Forces Changing the Face of Cybersecurity
This Dark Reading Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at the biggest emerging threats and disruptive forces that are changing the face of cybersecurity today.
Flash Poll
Rethinking Enterprise Data Defense
Rethinking Enterprise Data Defense
Frustrated with recurring intrusions and breaches, cybersecurity professionals are questioning some of the industrys conventional wisdom. Heres a look at what theyre thinking about.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-16863
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-14
STMicroelectronics ST33TPHF2ESPI TPM devices before 2019-09-12 allow attackers to extract the ECDSA private key via a side-channel timing attack because ECDSA scalar multiplication is mishandled, aka TPM-FAIL.
CVE-2019-18949
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-14
SnowHaze before 2.6.6 is sometimes too late to honor a per-site JavaScript blocking setting, which leads to unintended JavaScript execution via a chain of webpage redirections targeted to the user's browser configuration.
CVE-2011-1930
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-14
In klibc 1.5.20 and 1.5.21, the DHCP options written by ipconfig to /tmp/net-$DEVICE.conf are not properly escaped. This may allow a remote attacker to send a specially crafted DHCP reply which could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of any process which sources DHCP options.
CVE-2011-1145
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-14
The SQLDriverConnect() function in unixODBC before 2.2.14p2 have a possible buffer overflow condition when specifying a large value for SAVEFILE parameter in the connection string.
CVE-2011-1488
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-14
A memory leak in rsyslog before 5.7.6 was found in the way deamon processed log messages are logged when $RepeatedMsgReduction was enabled. A local attacker could use this flaw to cause a denial of the rsyslogd daemon service by crashing the service via a sequence of repeated log messages sent withi...