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Looking back on information security in 2014

Posted December 16, 2014    Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford is a SANS Instructor and founder of Voodoo Security. Join Dave for a closer look at the year in security, and learn what you can do to prepare for 2015, with this upcoming webinar. 2014 has been one heck of an insane year for information security professionals. To start with, we’ve been forced…

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December 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted December 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month marks the final Patch Tuesday of 2014. Most of what is being patched this month includes Internet Explorer, Exchange, Office, etc… and continues a trend of the greatest hits collection of commonly attacked Microsoft software. Probably the one thing that broke the mold this month is that for once there is not some…

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CVE-2014-1824 – A New Windows Fuzzing Target

Posted November 25, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

As time progresses, due to constant fuzzing and auditing many common Microsoft products are becoming reasonably hard targets to fuzz and find interesting crashes.  There are two solutions to this: write a better fuzzer (http://lcamtuf.coredump.cx/afl/) or pick a less audited target. In a search for less audited attack surface, we are brought to MS14-038, Vulnerability…

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A Quick Look at MS14-068

Posted November 20, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

Microsoft recently released an out of band patch for Kerberos.  Taking a look at the Microsoft security bulletin, it seems like there is some kind of issue with Kerberos signatures related to tickets. Further information is available in the Microsoft SRD Blogpost So it looks like there is an issue with PAC signatures.  But what…

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November 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted November 11, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month brings a massive number of bulletins and vulnerabilities covering a wide array of Microsoft products. As with most months some of the more critical vulnerabilities to patch immediately are within Internet Explorer and kernel privilege escalation vulnerabilities. There are also a lot of other unique vulnerabilities that will vary on criticality depending on…

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How To Implement The Australian Signals Directorate’s Top 4 Strategies

Posted October 20, 2014    Morey Haber

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), also known as the Defence Signals Directorate, has developed a list of strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions. The recommended strategies were developed through ASD’s extensive experience in operational cyber security, including responding to serious security intrusions and performing vulnerability assessments and penetration testing for Australian government agencies. These recommendations…

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Exploiting MS14-059 because sometimes XSS is fun, sometimes…

Posted October 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This October, Microsoft has provided a security update for System.Web.Mvc.dll which addresses a ‘Security Feature Bypass’. The vulnerability itself is in ASP.NET MVC technology and given its wide adoption we thought we would take a closer look. Referring to the bulletin we can glean a few useful pieces of information: “A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists…

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MS14-063 – FastFat vulnerability fixed years ago…

Posted October 15, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

In vulnerability research, and computer security, we often deal strictly in the intangible. There are times however when tangible attack vectors can play a big part in real-world attacks. In a lot of cases it is USB memory sticks and related that play a common physical role in aiding attacks. From Stuxnet leveraging USB to bridge air gap networks…

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Keeping Track of Shellshock Vulnerabilities with Retina CS and BeyondInsight

Posted October 2, 2014    Jerome Diggs

Worried about BASH Shellshock? Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management can scan your environment to identify applications affected by Shellshock. BeyondTrust has generated several Retina vulnerability audits to help our customers identify the various permutations of applications affected by Shellshock. The BeyondInsight Analytics and Reporting engine, included with Retina CS, makes it simple to view and…

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PowerBroker for Unix & Linux helps prevent Shellshock

Posted September 25, 2014    Paul Harper

Like many other people who tinker with UNIX and Linux on a regular basis, BASH has always been my shell of choice.  Dating back to the early days moving from Windows to a non-Windows platform, mapping the keys correctly to allow easy navigation and control helped ensure an explosion of use for the shell. Unfortunately,…

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