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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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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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Four Best Practices for Passing Privileged Account Audits

Posted October 16, 2014    Chris Burd

Like most IT organizations, your team may periodically face the “dreaded” task of being audited. Your process for delegating privileged access to desktops, servers, and infrastructure devices is a massive target for the auditor’s microscope. An audit’s findings can have significant implications on technology and business strategy, so it’s critical to make sure you’re prepared…

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