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Security Geek Gift Guide

Fun gifts for cybersecurity co-workers and bosses alike.
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Deck the halls and get to shopping! It's that time of year again, but this time there's no need to scratch your head and desperately wonder what to get the security geeks in your life. We've got you covered with this gift guide, which offers up different ideas based on what kind of security pro you're shopping for. 

So kick back and check out these gift ideas. 


Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading.  View Full Bio

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
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12/18/2017 | 7:14:20 PM
Password Notebook
FWIW, while the password notebook -- clearly labeled and marketed as such -- is utterly ridiculous, many cybersecurity experts have long been reversing the traditional wisdom and advising that people do write their passwords down...just so long as they don't store the written password in an open or obvious place (such as in a top desk drawer, stuck to a computer monitor or keyboard, or in a clearly marked "password notebook").

Of course, the whole purpose of writing down passwords as an enhanced security tactic is that it allows you to have better and more entropic passwords. If you're still going to have passwords like "jordan23" (let alone "password1" or "123456"), you're not doing yourself much good.
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Published: 2017-05-09
NScript in mpengine in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine with Engine Version before 1.1.13704.0, as used in Windows Defender and other products, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (type confusion and application crash) via crafted JavaScript code within ...

Published: 2017-05-08
unixsocket.c in lxterminal through 0.3.0 insecurely uses /tmp for a socket file, allowing a local user to cause a denial of service (preventing terminal launch), or possibly have other impact (bypassing terminal access control).

Published: 2017-05-08
A privilege escalation vulnerability in Brocade Fibre Channel SAN products running Brocade Fabric OS (FOS) releases earlier than v7.4.1d and v8.0.1b could allow an authenticated attacker to elevate the privileges of user accounts accessing the system via command line interface. With affected version...

Published: 2017-05-08
Improper checks for unusual or exceptional conditions in Brocade NetIron 05.8.00 and later releases up to and including 06.1.00, when the Management Module is continuously scanned on port 22, may allow attackers to cause a denial of service (crash and reload) of the management module.

Published: 2017-05-08
Nextcloud Server before 11.0.3 is vulnerable to an inadequate escaping leading to a XSS vulnerability in the search module. To be exploitable a user has to write or paste malicious content into the search dialogue.