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By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

September 28, SecurityWeek – (International) High severity DoS flaw patched in BIND. The Internet Systems Consortium released updates for the Domain Name System (DNS) software BIND addressing two vulnerabilities, including a high severity denial-of-service (DoS) flaw affecting all servers that can receive request packets from any source, which can be exploited using maliciously crafted DNS request packets. The updates also resolved a medium severity DoS flaw that can cause a targeted server to termina... read more.

  • September 29, 2016

By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

September 27, SecurityWeek – (International) Russian cyberspies use “Komplex” trojan to target OS X systems. Palo Alto Networks discovered an Apple Mac operating system (OS) X trojan, dubbed Komplex establishes contact with its command and control (C&C) server after infecting a device in order to collect system information, and allows an attacker to execute arbitrary commands and download files to the affected machine. The researchers stated Komplex has reportedly been used by a Russia... read more.

  • September 28, 2016

By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

September 23, SecurityWeek – (International) Locky ransomware fuels surge in .RAR JavaScript attachments. Trend Micro security researchers reported the Locky ransomware was responsible for an increase in certain methods of malware delivery after finding that during the first half of 2016, 58 percent of ransomware threats were delivered via email attachments including JavaScript, VBScript, and Microsoft Office files with macros. The researchers also reported that the malicious emails used to deliver th... read more.

  • September 28, 2016

By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

September 22, SecurityWeek – (International) Yahoo confirms massive data breach of 500 million accounts. Yahoo Inc. confirmed September 22 that a hacker, dubbed “Peace” and “peace_of_mind” accessed the data from at least 500 million user accounts, including names, email address, hashed passwords, and birth dates, among other information, during a 2014 cyberattack. Yahoo stated unencrypted security questions and answers were invalidated and advised potentially affected users to... read more.

  • September 26, 2016

By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

September 22, SecurityWeek – (International) Flaws in Cisco Cloud Services Platform allow command execution. Cisco notified its customers that its Cloud Services Platform (CSP) 2100 version 2.0 was plagued with two vulnerabilities, one of which is a critical vulnerability caused by insufficient sanitization of user input that could allow an unauthenticated attacker to remotely execute arbitrary commands on the operating system with root privileges. Cisco reported the second vulnerability could allow a... read more.

  • September 23, 2016

By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

September 21, SecurityWeek – (International) MacOS 10.12 patches over 60 vulnerabilities. Apple Inc., released the final version of its Mac operating system (OS) Sierra 10.12 resolving at least 65 vulnerabilities, including 16 flaws in the “apache_mod_php” module that could lead to arbitrary code execution or unexpected application termination, as well as denial-of-service issues and arbitrary code execution flaws in Apple’s implementation of Apache, Audio, and Bluetooth, among other... read more.

  • September 22, 2016

By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

September 19, SecurityWeek – (International) Rockwell patches code execution flaw in RSLogix product. Rockwell Automation released patches for several of its RSLogix products used in the food and agriculture, critical manufacturing, water, and chemical sectors to resolve a buffer overflow vulnerability after a researcher discovered the flaw can be exploited by convincing a local user to open a specially crafted rich site summary (RSS) file with a malicious version of RSLogix in order to execute arbitr... read more.

  • September 21, 2016

By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

September 19, SecurityWeek – (International) Cisco finds new zero-day linked to “Shadow Brokers” exploit. Cisco researchers discovered another zero-day vulnerability leaked by Shadow Brokers in August, which affects the Internet Key Exchange (IKE) v1 packet processing code in Cisco IOS XR versions 4.3.x, 5.0.x, 5.1.x, and 5.2.x and could allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to retrieve memory contents potentially containing sensitive information by sending a specially crafted IKEv1 pac... read more.

  • September 20, 2016

By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

September 15, SecurityWeek – (International) SAP patches serious flaws in database management product. SAP released a security update resolving 19 vulnerabilities, including a denial-of-service (DoS) flaw in Business Objects BI Launchpad, information disclosure bugs, cross-site scripting (XSS) issues, and Structured Query Language (SQL) injection issues that could allow an attacker to create and execute a stored procedure with SQL commands, thereby enabling the attacker to elevate their privileges, mo... read more.

  • September 19, 2016

By Ken Phelan, Posted in Security

Computers beating humans in chess isn’t news. What may be news to some people is that the best chess player isn’t a computer or a human. It’s a human using a computer. In chess circles, they call this human-computer team strategy a centaur. We have some man-versus-machine problems in Cyber Security as well. We use computers effectively to record and process large numbers of incidents. There are so many incidents that no human can possibly look at them all, so we ask the computers to find... read more.

  • September 19, 2016