Archive | Countermeasures


29 March 2012 | 1,800 views

Avira Joins The Crowd & Starts To Offer Mac Antivirus Software

For years the Apple geeks were always self-praising and postulating that their OS was so secure and superior that it didn’t need any silly Anti Virus software. Things changed a couple of years back though, probably in 2009 when Mac OS X Snow Leopard Bundled With Malware Detector. Not long after that the commercial crowd [...]

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26 March 2012 | 4,547 views

SSLyze v0.4 Released – Scan & Analyze SSL Server Configuration

SSLyze is a Fast and Full-Featured SSL Scanner – it enables Better, faster scanning to analyze the configuration of SSL servers. Supports cipher suites scanning, insecure renegotiation verification, session resumption testing, client certificates, and more. Tested on Python 2.6 & 2.7 with Ubuntu and Windows 7, both 32 and 64 bits. Might work on other [...]

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07 February 2012 | 9,860 views

At Last – Adobe Launches Sandboxed Flash Player For Firefox

Finally a proactive measure from Adobe to try and remedy the horrible security flaws they have introduced to Firefox with their Flash Player. There have been some massive hacks recently due to Flash – - Hackers Exploiting Latest Adobe Flash Bug On Large Scale – Adobe Patches Latest Flash Zero Day Vulnerability – Adobe Promises [...]

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15 December 2011 | 8,081 views

No BEAST Fix From Microsoft In December Patch Tuesday – But They Fixed Duqu Bug

It looks like Microsoft originally had a patch for the BEAST vulnerability, but for some reason they have withdrawn it for the December Patch Tuesday. It’s a pretty bumper crop of patches though with 13 bulletins and 19 vulnerabilities fixed, the highest profile one being a patch for the zero-day vulnerability exploited by Duqu. The [...]

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07 December 2011 | 11,658 views

sslyze – Fast and Full-Featured SSL Configuration Scanner

Transport Layer Security (TLS), commonly called SSL, is one of the most widely used protocols to secure network communications. As costs fall and user security and privacy expectations rise companies are deploying it more widely every year. Attacks against the CA system, SSL implementation flaws and aging protocol versions have grabbed news headlines, bringing attention [...]

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29 November 2011 | 10,644 views

Twitter Purchases WhisperCore – Full Disk Encryption For Android Phones

This is certainly an interesting acquisition and not one I would have expected, I’m not even exactly sure what Twitter is planning and why they would want a company focused on mobile encryption (and specifically on the Android platform). I can’t see any real corporate use for Twitter, so they won’t be pushing the security [...]

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22 November 2011 | 10,282 views

OpenPGP JavaScript Implementation Enables Encrypted Webmail

This is a pretty interesting progression in the encryption field, I’m pretty sure most of us here will use some kind of key based e-mail encryption (PGP/GPG etc) and various different software based implementations. Or perhaps some of you already use something totally web-based like Hushmail, the story is that researchers in Germany have managed [...]

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05 October 2011 | 9,580 views

Security By Obscurity Not So Bad After All?

I’m sure you’ve been taught, as have I – that security through or by obscurity is bad (changing port numbers, removing service banners and so on). I’ve personally always used it, as an additional line of defence on my systems. As a hacker I know, the more information a system gives me straight off the [...]

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19 September 2011 | 7,741 views

Google Patches 32 Chrome Browser Bugs & Releases Version 14

Google and their Chrome browser have really been stepping things up lately when it comes to security and browsing, we reported not along ago on Google Chrome To Protect Users Against Malicious Executables. Also since we reported on the Chrome bug bounty program back in February 2010 – Google Willing To Pay Bounty For Chrome [...]

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10 August 2011 | 11,523 views

Agnitio v2.0 Released – Code Security Review Tool

It’s been a while since we’ve mentioned Agnitio, it was earlier this year in March: Agnitio v1.2 – Manual Security Code Review Tool. The author notified me of a new version that was recently released with quite a few additions. For those not familiar with it, Agnitio is a tool to help developers and security [...]

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