Browsing Author: Dennis Fisher

Group Backed by Google, Microsoft to Help Fund OpenSSL and Other Open Source Projects

After the dust had started to settle in the wake of the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability earlier this month, one of the common sentiments that emerged was that the small group developing and maintaining the software needed some help. And money. And resources. But mostly money. Now, the OpenSSL Foundation, along with a number of other[...]

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OpenSSL Heartbleed Highlights Crypto Pitfalls

There is no shortage of bad advice online about crypto–or anything else, for that matter. And the recent mess involving the OpenSSL heartbleed vulnerability has brought out plenty of advice on building, implementing and repairing cryptosystems, but experts say that the fundamental truths about how to do these tasks hasn’t changed much. Cryptosystems are the[...]

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OpenSSL Heartbleed and the Value of CRLs

One of the consequences of the drama around the OpenSSL heartbleed vulnerability is that security experts have begun taking a hard look again at the certificate revocation process and whether it actually protects users or gives them any visibility into the validity of a given certificate. In a lot of cases, the answer is probably no.

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ICS-CERT Warns of Heartbleed Vulnerabilities in Siemens Gear

A number of ICS products from Siemens and Innominate are vulnerable to the OpenSSL heartbleed flaw, some of which do not have updates available yet. The list of products affected by the heartbleed vulnerability continues to grow by the day, with OpenVPN being one of the latest. A researcher on Friday said that he was[...]

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Experts Worry About Future of Critical Infrastructure Security

The problem of critical infrastructure security has become a key issue in the last few years, as high-profile attacks such as Stuxnet and others have grabbed headlines and alerted politicians and others to the weaknesses facing these vital systems.

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Kurt Baumgartner on APT Attacks in the Enterprise

Dennis Fisher talks with Kaspersky Lab security researcher Kurt Baumgartner about the specter of APT attacks in enterprises, what kind of tactics APT attackers are using now and the effect of the Heartbleed openSSL bug on the certificate authority system.

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