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Signal Messaging App Formal Audit Results Are Good

I’ve recommended Signal Messaging App quite a few times and I do use it myself, I know there are some privacy concerns with the fact it requires Google App Store – but that’s the developers choice. It’s a pretty solid app, clean, sleek and works well across both Android and iOS and the latest news […]

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Snort – Free Network Intrusion Detection & Prevention System

Snort is an open-source, lightweight, free network intrusion detection system (NIDS) software for Linux and Windows to detect emerging threats. It’s capable of of performing real-time traffic analysis and packet logging on IP networks. It can perform protocol analysis, content searching/matching, and can be used to detect a variety of attacks and probes, such as […]

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SHA-256 and SHA3-256 Are Safe For the Foreseeable Future

Hashing, it’s always a contentious issue – used to be md5, then sha-1, then bcrypt and now it looks like SHA-256 or SHA3-256 might the future with quantum science boffins predicting it’s not feasable to crack. You can read more about the algorithm and design (using sponge construction) on Wikipedia here: SHA-3 While it’s reasonable […]

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Securing MySQL Installation on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Today let’s talk about securing MySQL installation on Ubuntu, in this case specifically Ubuntu 16.04 LTS which was released not too long ago. So I love Ubuntu and I use it for everything, especially the LTS (Long Term Support) releases for servers. MySQL is not my best buddy, but a necessary evil many times – […]

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Scirius – Suricata Ruleset Management Web Application

Scirius Community Edition is a web interface dedicated to Suricata ruleset management. It handles the rules file and update associated files. A Ruleset is made of components selected in different Sources. A Source is a set of files providing information to Suricata. For example, this can EmergingThreats ruleset. To create a ruleset, you thus must […]

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Raptor WAF – C Based Web Application Firewall

Raptor WAF is a Web Application Firewall made in C, using DFA to block SQL Injection, Cross Site Scripting (XSS) and Path Traversal. DFA stands for Deterministic Finite Automaton also known as a Deterministic Finite State Machine. It’s essentially a simple web application firewall made in C, using the KISS principle, making polls using the […]

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Emerging Threats ETOpen – Anti-malware IDS/IPS Ruleset

The ETOpen Ruleset is an excellent anti-malware IDS/IPS ruleset that enables users with cost constraints to significantly enhance their existing network-based malware detection. The ETOpen Ruleset is not a full coverage ruleset, and may not be sufficient for many regulated environments and should not be used as a standalone ruleset. The ET Open ruleset is […]

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Bearded – Security Automation Platform

Bearded is an open source Security Automation platform. The platform allows Development, QA, and Security team members to perform automated web security scans with a set of tools, and re-execute those scans as needed. All tools can be executed in the cloud in docker containers. Bearded has a default web interface which integrates all core […]

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An Introduction To Web Application Security Systems

In the world of web application security systems, there exists a myriad of systems to protect public-facing services in any number of ways. They come packed with all the elements necessary to play an action-packed round of buzzword bingo, but they often overlap in some ways that may make them sometimes seem similar. After the second […]

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OpenIOC – Sharing Threat Intelligence

OpenIOC is an open framework for sharing threat intelligence, sophisticated threats require sophisticated indicators. In the current threat environment, rapid communication of pertinent threat information is the key to quickly detecting, responding and containing targeted attacks. OpenIOC is designed to fill a void that currently exists for organizations that want to share threat information both […]

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