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Chrome continues its march to security domination. We nod knowingly.

Posted May 22, 2012    The eEye Research Team

As security researchers, we’re always looking for ways to put the security conversation in the spotlight; be it an interesting fact, figure or editorial. By now you’ve probably read about how Google Chrome has achieved the number one browser position, worldwide (according to StatCounter). Coming in at about 32.76% of the global browser market share, Chrome beat out IE but just by a mere 0.82% percent, which obviously only had 31.94% market share (math, son).

Interestingly, StatCounter cites Chrome’s adoption among businesses as a contributing factor to its increasing market dominance. “Kinda” incredible for a browser that was once panned by others as being essentially dangerous and coming in at #1 in Bit9’s Dirty Dozen back in 2010. As you may recall, a little blog post of ours entitled, “The Reality of “The Dirty Dozen” and why I love Google Chrome”, just so happened to extol the virtues of Chrome. We’re glad to see that others have agreed with us – and that misinformation has not damned Chrome’s usage in the global market, as we believe that contextually, its security feature set and overall fortitude is strong.

Conversely, we see a false negative in the Dirty Dozen that has come to fruition…with Java. Only coming in at 6th place in the 2010 research; Java is now widely regarded as one of the most successfully targeted pieces of software… but when hasn’t it been? This just goes to show you that the number of vulnerabilities in software does not dictate its safety factor.

/cue start slow bongo beat
Chrome the best browser
Sandbox holding like ox yoke
Stopping all Flash vulns
/cue stop slow bongo beat

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Are Your Data Security Efforts Focused in the Right Area?

Posted January 28, 2015    Scott Lang

Vormetric Data Security recently released an insider threat report, with research conducted by HarrisPoll and analyzed by Ovum. Based on the survey responses, it is apparent that there is still a great deal of insecurity over data. However, the results also show that there may be misplaced investments to address those insecurities. I will explain…

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GHOST Vulnerability…Scary Indeed

Posted January 28, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

A vulnerability discovered by Qualys security researchers has surfaced within the GNU C Library that affects virtually all Linux operating systems. The vulnerability lies within the various gethostbyname*() functions and, as such, has been dubbed “GHOST.” GHOST is particularly nasty considering remote, arbitrary code execution can be achieved. In an effort to avoid taxing DNS lookups, glibc developers introduced…

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Your New Years Resolution: Controlling Privileged Users

Posted January 27, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Is 2015 the year you get a better handle on security? The news last year was grim – so much so, in fact, that many in the information security community despaired a bit. Really, the end-of-the-year infosec cocktail parties were a bit glum. OK, let’s be honest, infosec cocktail parties are usually not that wild…

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