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Recently Patched Java Vulnerability Exploited In the Wild: How (Not) Surprising

Posted April 23, 2013    BeyondTrust Research Team

A type confusion vulnerability, recently patched in Java 7u21 and Java 6u45, has been spotted in the wild. According to a recent blog post from F-Secure, exploitation of CVE-2013-2423 started shortly after April 21st, 2013 and continues.

Given what we know about Java, none of this is surprising. “Why?!” you may ask, “didn’t we all just install the latest version of Java?” Nope. According to a survey conducted by Websense in March of this year, approximately 93.77% of browsers were vulnerable to the latest Java vulnerability, at the time of the study. With such a tremendous lag-time between Oracle releasing Java updates (which might fail to install in a least privilege environment), and Java installations being updated, it is no wonder that malware authors and other scum and villainy continue to take advantage of users and organizations that are running behind, if only by a few days. Sadly, most are behind by a few Java releases, leaving them exposed to much more than merely CVE-2013-2423.

Thankfully, there are a few options out there that can help lessen the likelihood of getting 0wned by some Java exploit. Our completely free Retina CS Community provides Java patching capability right out of the box. This allows you to immediately identify which resources on your network have Java, and gives you the ability to patch those assets. No more wandering around the office, asking people if it’s okay if you can update their Java installation. No more wondering if some publicly facing asset has a vulnerable version of Java on it. Control the controllable — ensure that your business is running up-to-date software, and avoid the headache that is becoming part of a botnet, or worse — having sensitive information stolen from your organization by Chinese hackers.

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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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