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Category: Authentication

September 21, 2016
macOS Sierra Release Fixes Dozens of Security Flaws
Apple has fixed nearly 20 code-execution vulnerabilities in macOs, including a number that could allow an attacker to run code with kernel privileges. The patches come as part of the release of macOs Sierra, a major update of the Mac operating system released Tuesday. Many of the more serious flaws fixed in Sierra are memory…
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September 20, 2016
Fighting Account Takeover Attacks With AuthTables
The goal of many attackers is taking over a target account. That can be the account of an admin at a large enterprise, the bank account of a high net-worth victim, or the email account of a human rights activist. While banks and financial services companies are aware of the problem, many other organizations aren’t,…
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September 14, 2016
Years After Disclosure, Apple Was Still Sending Updates Over HTTP
With the release of iOS 10 on Tuesday, Apple made a number of significant changes to the mobile operating system. The most attention-grabbing security upgrade is the move to push software updates over an encrypted connection, a fix that is more than two years in the making. In 2014, researcher Raul Siles of DinoSec discovered that an…
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September 13, 2016
Bypassing the CA Restrictions in Android Nougat
One of the new security features Google added to Android Nougat is a function that prevents the OS from trusting by default any user-installed certificate authorities. The goal is to protect the traffic to and from apps, but a researcher has found a way around that protection and a method to intercept HTTPS traffic from…
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September 9, 2016
Large Database of Device Certificates, SSH Keys Published
Let’s say you’re a manufacturer of embedded device, maybe routers or wireless access points. Cool. And let’s also say that you want to offer encrypted connections to those devices. Great. So you grab a server certificate online, throw it in the device’s firmware and ship it. Not cool at all. But that’s what a number…
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September 2, 2016
Here’s an Adult Conversation About Crypto
Earlier this week, FBI Director James Comey said that the country needed to have an “adult conversation” about encryption and how it’s used. To get the ball rolling, here’s what we thought that conversation might sound like. Alice: Bob, I need to talk to you about something. Have a seat. Bob: Uh, ok. Sounds serious. Alice:…
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September 1, 2016
Employee Password Compromise Leads to Breach at OneLogin
A password compromise of an employee at OneLogin, the identity and access management company, has led to a breach at the company that affected stored customer data that was supposed to be encrypted but was actually available in plaintext. The attack happened earlier this summer, and OneLogin officials say the attacker may have been on their…
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August 31, 2016
Fake Ransomware Targets Redis Instances
UPDATE–Researchers have found that more than 18,000 instances of the Redis data store service are exposed to the Internet and open to complete compromise by remote attackers using simple commands. Duo Labs researchers set up a Redis honeypot and ran it for a month, looking for attack patterns and quickly found that attackers are actively…
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August 31, 2016
68 Million Hashed Dropbox Passwords Dumped Online
The scope of a compromise of Dropbox four years ago that the company initially said only involved customer email addresses being stolen has now expanded, with more than 68 million user passwords dumped online. The cache comprises passwords that are hashed with either SHA-1 or bcrypt and none of them are in plaintext. When Dropbox…
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August 30, 2016
L0phtCrack 7 Shows Windows Passwords Easier to Crack Now Than 20 Years Ago
Time waits for no man, and neither does L0phtCrack. Nearly 20 years after the first version of the password auditing and cracking tool was released, L0phtCrack 7, released Tuesday, shows that Windows passwords are even easier to crack now than they were in 1997. L0phtCrack was the first password auditing tool released for Windows and its…
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PSCU and Pindrop Block $1 Million in Fraud in One Month