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Off the beaten Google Market

Posted July 10, 2012    Jerome Diggs

There have been a number of recent articles and blog posts around Android devices infected with various malware and malicious apps.  One recent nasty piece of malware found in many Chinese Android app stores is ‘Trojan!MMarketPay.A@Android’.   The interesting feature of this malware is that it can run up an unsuspecting user’s cell phone bill by downloading paid content leaving them holding the bag.

Android lets you download and install apps from anywhere provided you’ve configured your device to download from unknown sources.  Why would anyone do this?  Well, quite simply, because they can and they will.  Users who have their devices configured this way and are connecting to the corporate network (email, internal instant messaging, VPN, etc.) are putting the enterprise at an increased risk.

Retina CS and the Retina Android agent provide out of the box visibility into which systems are configured to allow non-Android market sources.  ‘15903  –  Android Device Non-Android Market Sources’

This information can be included in Enterprise dashboards, reports and email alerts to ensure security teams are aware of which devices may be introducing additional risk to the corporate enterprise.  To view this and other mobile platform configuration and vulnerability audits download a copy of Retina CS Community and the Android agent today.

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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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