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Security Leftovers

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  • Friday's security updates
  • Top 10 Critical CVEs That Can Lead To A Data Breach And How To Fix Them
  • CacheBleed: A Timing Attack on OpenSSL Constant Time RSA
  • How Mature is Your Vulnerability Coordination?

    Among the many best practices for security professionals is to have some process for handling inbound vulnerability reporting. So if someone finds a bug or exploit in a product or service, the company with the vulnerability is able to respond to a researcher and knows what to do with a report.

    It's a topic that security industry luminary Katie Moussouris, chief policy officer at HackerOne, is well versed in, as she is the author of the Vulnerability Coordination Maturity Model.

  • The Risk of Open WiFi on Display at RSA

    Security experts from around the globe descended on the Moscone Center here this week for the annual RSA Conference, which provided free WiFi throughout the sessions and exhibit halls. While the WiFi has been generally available, there has been one key problem with it--it's unencrypted.

  • A Day in the Life of Google's Security Chief

    Gerhard Eschelbeck, vice president of security engineering at Google, has one of the toughest jobs in IT security: He has to keep Google secure. In a session at the RSA Conference here March 1 titled "My Life as Chief Security Officer at Google," Eschelbeck gave attendees insight into how he spends his days working and his nights worrying about IT security.

  • DROWN Flaw Illustrates Dangers of Intentionally Weak Crypto

    Calls for encryption backdoors that date back to the 1990s are coming back to haunt the industry 20 years later with DROWN, security experts say. The flaw that researchers found with DROWN center around the fact that during the so called Crypto Wars of the 1990s President Bill Clinton’s administration insisted that US government have a way to break the encryption that was exported outside of the United States.

  • Truly Random Number Generator Promises Stronger Encryption Across All Devices, Cloud

    Before, Entropy Engine only worked on the local device. With NetRandom, they can feed randomness through the network and strengthen the encryption used by virtual machines, cloud instances, clients, servers, and embedded systems in Internet of Things devices. "One of them could support tens of thousands of virtual machines," says Newell.

  • RSA 2016: 4 Data Issues Faced by States, Localities in the Digital Age

    Industry experts discussed the risks, benefits and next steps around data in the government space during the 2016 RSA Conference in San Francisco.

  • How To Disable (Blacklist) Your Laptop Webcam & Microphone in Linux

    Since Linux isn't spyware and do not contain any backdoor like other popular operating system, that's another reason we all love to use this operating system. It is bit difficult for surveillance people to install an application on your Linux without special permissions or spyware doesn't work obviously on Linux like does on other OS's but if you install something from untrusted source or you physically gave access to somebody to your system then there might be chances that you can be victim of surveillance and the whole could be nightmare for you. There are couple of things you can do to prevent it like do a OS re-install or blacklist ports and non-removable devices like webcam and microphone, by the way you should physically cover your laptop and phone camera with sticker. So without further we go, lets start doing it.

  • Trouble at Linux Mint — and beyond [Ed: no more paywall]

    When the Linux Mint project announced that, for a while on February 20, its web site had been changed to point to a backdoored version of its distribution, the open-source community took notice. Everything we have done is based on the ability to obtain and install software from the net; this incident was a reminder that this act is not necessarily as safe as we would like to think. We would be well advised to think for a bit on the implications of this attack and how we might prevent similar attacks in the future.