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4 Tips to Identify, Patch & Report on the Oracle Java Vulnerability

Posted September 7, 2012    Jerome Diggs

Last week our security research team provided some very enlightening information on a nasty Oracle Java vulnerability that until recently was a zero-day.  Oracle provided a patch for the vulnerability found in advisory (CVE-2012-4681)  and as a follow-up to the blog post by our security research team we wanted to share with you some easy…

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Helpdesk Troubleshooting with PowerBroker

Posted September 5, 2012    Peter McCalister

In the past, organizations would rely on helpdesk technicians walking from desktop to desktop to troubleshoot desktop problems for end users. Nowadays, “Sneakernet” is almost dead, and helpdesks are levering remote control products to troubleshoot problems for end users. Remote control is great for troubleshooting, but when a user is running as a standard user…

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CyberLink StreamAuthor Insecure Library Loading Vulnerability

Disclosed September 3, 2012    Zeroday : 746 days
Vendors: CyberLink
Vulnerability Severity: High
Exploit Impact: Remote Code Execution
Exploit Availability: Publicly Available
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Java Pwns Everyone…Again.

Posted August 30, 2012    BeyondTrust Research Team

Java has a nasty habit of getting you owned. This latest 0day is no exception to the long-lived trend of reliable Java-based exploitation. Here’s what you need to know: The current exploitation method being employed in the wild right now leverages two zero day flaws in Java. The first flaw leverages an implementation issue (logic bug) within ClassFinder.findClass(), which is only present in Java 7.

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Apache 2.4.x XSS and Back-end Connection Vulnerabilities News

Posted August 28, 2012    Peter McCalister

Two new audits have been released recently in our Retina vulnerability scan engine to close a security vulnerability that can enable an attacker to upload files remotely via a XSS flaw or lead to privacy issues because of a back end connection closing issue (CVE-2012-2687 and CVE-2012-3502, respectively). These two new audits have been released…

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Do You Have Users Hiding in Your Enterprise Servers?

Posted August 27, 2012    Peter McCalister

Are you in control of the user accounts across your enterprise systems? Defunct user accounts, duplicate IDs, excessive rights – do these plague your current accounts database? More importantly – how many account databases are you maintaining…or failing to maintain? Identity services like authentication and single sign-on are critical in today’s business environments. Managing these…

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Vulnerabilities in Java 7 Allows for Remote Code Execution

Disclosed August 26, 2012    Fully Patched
Vendors: Oracle
Vulnerability Severity: High
Exploit Impact: Remote Code Execution
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Our CEO Quoted in The New York Times, “Struggling to Recover from a Cyberattack”

Posted August 24, 2012    Peter McCalister

Today, The New York Times published an article (both in print and online), “Struggling to Recover from a Cyberattack”, a real-world account of how one organization dealt with a crippling cyberattack, driven by an insider. After MyBizHomepage was hacked, its founder, Peter Justen, considered declaring bankruptcy or shutting down. Our CEO, John Mutch, provided the…

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August VEF Participant Wins a Kindle Fire

Posted August 21, 2012    Peter McCalister

As you all know, every month we host our Vulnerability Expert Forum (VEF) webinar. This is a time where our experts share valuable insight regarding new vulnerabilities that are discovered and the actions that need to be taken as a result. It’s a quick way to get up to speed on current potential risks to…

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Phishing for a Pay Day

Posted August 21, 2012    Peter McCalister

Attackers are currently focusing their efforts on a recently patched Java flaw (CVE 2012-1723). According to Threatpost the flaw has been a recent target of several pieces of malware and Web based attacks as of late, focused on HR/Payroll employees using social engineering techniques to gain access to payroll systems. There are numerous audits released…

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