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Retina Helps Identify Weak Certificates

Posted September 25, 2012    Jerome Diggs

Microsoft has released a Security Advisory for the upcoming patch to increase minimum bit levels of certificates to 1024 bit security advisory 2661254.  The expected release date for this patch is Oct 9th at which time the update will be available through Windows Update. This change to the minimum bits level of certificates will change the Windows certificate system and will cause it to stop accepting certificates that are less than 1024 bits as those keys are considered ‘weak’. This change will affect all Windows operating systems above Windows XP SP3 and Windows 8 already implements the tighter certificate check.

To help identify systems that are leveraging weak certificates the Retina solutions have audit ID 12609 – SSL Certificate Weak Public Key Strength enabled by default.

This audit is available with Retina Community and the commercial version of Retina.  Users can include these new checks in a general vulnerability scan, or can create a targeted scan to specifically look for these specific vulnerabilities.

Feel free to download and try out our community version to discover, assess and gain remediation guidance in our simple to use standalone scanner. In addition to standard assessment of patches, insecure configurations and zero-days, the commercial version of Retina Network also provides in-depth credentialed scans for over 2500 operating systems, databases, web applications, network devices, applications, mobile devices, cloud providers and virtual applications.

Once you’ve identified systems that need to be updated you’ll need to consult with the various vendors on the processes required to incorporate stronger certificates for their products.  For detailed information on how this affects Beyondtrust’s products please visit our support page.

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Scottrade Breach: Identified by Federal Officials

Posted October 5, 2015    Morey Haber

Late afternoon on October 2nd, news leaked out of another large security breach, now at Scottrade. The identity count of records, in the millions again (4.6 million is the latest). This breach comes on the second day of national CyberSecurity month, the first being Experian/T-Mobile breach.

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Experian/T-Mobile Data Breach: When 2 Days is not Enough

Posted October 2, 2015    Morey Haber

On October 1, Experian admitted full responsibility for the loss of T-Mobile customer data. 15 million user records dating back to 2013 were effected in the breach, with data including sensitive information that may be decryptable like social security numbers and drivers licenses.


Who Moved My Front Door? (What is Privileged Account Management?)

Posted October 1, 2015    Nigel Hedges

Not too long ago, I was sitting in a room with a very fluffy sales guy. In between words such as “we’ll make this happen” and “leave it with me, I’ll get it sorted” he asked the question “What is Privileged Account Management”?