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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Dennis Fisher and Mike Mimoso discuss the security news of the past week, including the proposed changes to the CFAA, David Cameron’s encryption comments, the NSA’s quasi-apology regarding Dual EC and the Microsoft-Google disclosure feud.
Dennis Fisher talks with Matthew Green of Johns Hopkins University about the NSA’s “regret” for continuing to support Dual EC after it had been shown to be compromised, the effects of the agency’s influence on crypto standards and the hope for more secure standards in the future.
In a new article in an academic math journal, the NSA’s former director of research says that the agency’s decision not to withdraw its support of the Dual EC_DRBG random number generator after security researchers found weaknesses in it and questioned its provenance was a “regrettable” choice. Michael Wertheimer, the former director of researcher at[…]
David Cameron, speaking in the wake of the terror attack in Paris last week, said at an event Monday that the UK government can’t allow any form of communication that can’t be read.
The Certificate Transparency scheme proposed by Google engineers has taken a couple of significant steps forward recently, with the approval of the first independent certificate log and the passing of a deadline for all extended validation certificates to be CT-compliant or lose the green indicator in Google Chrome. On Jan. 1, a CT log operated by[…]
The OpenSSL Project has released several new versions of the software that fix eight security vulnerabilities, including several certificate issues and a couple of denial-of-service flaws. The patches included in OpenSSL 1.0.0p, 1.0.1k and 0.98zd are not for critical or high-risk vulnerabilities, but they do fix some interesting vulnerabilities. Two of the bugs are rated moderate and the other[…]
Bitstamp, a Bitcoin exchange based in the United Kingdom, remains offline this morning following what appears to have been a compromise over the weekend.
The maintainers of the Openwall security enhanced Linux distribution have released a new stable version, which includes fixes for a number of serious vulnerabilities, such as the Shellshock Bash bug and the flaw in SSLv3 that leads to the POODLE attack.
Mike Mimoso and Dennis Fisher look back on the crazy year that was in security, including the big Internet-wide bugs such as Heartbleed and Shellshock, the Home Depot and Sony breaches and what lessons we learned in 2014.