The revelation last week that researchers Thai Duong and Juliano Rizzo had developed a new attack on SSL that gives them the ability to decrypt some protected sessions on the fly sparked a lot of discussions about the inherent problems of the protocol and whether it has outlived its usefulness. But it’s not just SSL that’s the problem; it’s the slow accumulation of security problems in the key protocols and systems on which the Internet–and much of our world–rely that has become the real issue.
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Malware that targets Mac OS X isn’t anywhere near catching up to Windows-based malware in terms of volume and variety, but it seems that OS X malware may be adopting some of the more successful tactics that Windows viruses have been using to trick users. Researchers have come across a sample of an OS X-based Trojan that disguises itself as a PDF file, a technique that’s been in favor among Windows malware authors for several years now.
With the release of the BEAST SSL attack research due tomorrow, researchers are beginning to take note of potential fixes and mitigations for the attack. One of the possibilities is moving to newer versions of TLS that are not vulnerable to the attack, but the problem is that there is precious little adoption of those newer versions.
Adobe is pushing out an emergency security bulletin today in concert with a Google Chrome update to address six critical vulnerabilities in versions of its Flash Player, the company said in an email statement.
SAN FRANCISCO–It’s no secret that attackers have made Adobe’s products key targets for the last couple of years, routinely going after bugs in Reader, Flash and Acrobat in targeted attacks and widespread campaigns alike. But it’s not just the rank-and-file bad guys who are making Adobe a priority; it’s more often nation-states, the company’s top security official said.
SAN FRANCISCO–There are dozens of new bugs discovered every week in popular applications, and many of them are painted as critical flaws that need to be patched immediately lest you risk the wrath of the attackers. However, in many cases, it’s not necessarily those highly publicized flaws that will end up leading to a major data theft, it’s the problems lurking underneath the top layer that are the real killers.
Two researchers have developed a new attack on TLS 1.0/SSL 3.0 that enables them to decrypt client requests on the fly and hijack supposedly confidential sessions with sensitive sites such as online banking, e-commerce and payment sites. The attack breaks the confidentiality model of the protocol and is the first known exploitation of a long-known flaw in TLS, potentially affecting the security of transactions on millions of sites.
Google has fixed more than 30 security vulnerabilities in its Chrome browser with a new version the company released on Friday. The company also paid out more than $14,000 in rewards to the various researchers who reported bugs that were fixed with Chrome 14.0.835.163.
Cisco has issued patches for a series of vulnerabilities in its Cisco Unified Service Monitor and Cisco Unified Operations Manager and CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution products, all of which can lead to remote code execution.
Two weeks after releasing a fix for the range-header denial-of-service flaw that was much-discussed on security forums and mailing lists, the Apache Software Foundation has pushed out another version of its popular Web server that includes a further fix for the same flaw.