Browsing Author: Dennis Fisher

Marriott Fixes Simple Bug in Web Service That Could Expose Customer Data

Customer payment information and other data was made vulnerable by a flaw in the Marriott Web service used by the Android app as well as the Web site, a security researcher found. The vulnerability is the result of Marriott’s system failing to use any kind of authentication on requests, meaning that an attacker who knew[…]

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PHP 5.6.5 Released With Several Security Fixes

Several new versions of PHP have been released, fixing a number of security vulnerabilities and other bugs in the popular scripting language. PHP 5.6.5 is the newest version of the language, and it has patches for a handful of vulnerabilities, including a use-after-free flaw that could lead to remote code execution in some cases. “Sapi/cgi/cgi_main.c in[…]

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Adobe Patches One Zero Day in Flash, Will Patch a Second Flaw Next Week

UPDATE–Adobe has released an emergency update for Flash to address a zero-day vulnerability that is being actively exploited. The company also is looking into reports of exploits for a separate Flash bug not fixed in the new release, which is being used in attacks by the Angler exploit kit. The vulnerability that Adobe patched Thursday is[…]

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Ubuntu Patches Several Security Flaws

Ubuntu has released a number of patches for security vulnerabilities in several versions of the OS, including some remote code execution flaws in Thunderbird, which is included with Ubuntu. Thunderbird is Mozilla’s email client, and the company recently fixed several memory corruption vulnerabilities, along with a cross-site request forgery bug and a flaw that could lead to[…]

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Potential Code Execution Flaw Haunts PolarSSL Library

There is a vulnerability in PolarSSL, an open-source SSL library used in a variety of products, that could enable an attacker to execute arbitrary code under some circumstances. The vulnerability is the result of an uninitialized pointer in the PolarSSL code and researchers said that an attacker with knowledge of the target system may be[…]

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Memory Corruption Bugs Found in VLC Media Player

There are two memory corruption vulnerabilities in some versions of the VLC open-source media player that can allow an attacker to run arbitrary code on vulnerable machines. Neither one of the vulnerabilities has been fixed by VideoLAN, the organization that maintains VLC. Security researcher Veysel Hatas reported the vulnerabilities to VideoLAN in December and published the[…]

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