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Latest VLC Patches Security Vulnerability, Fixes Other Bugs  14 July 2008 
Source: ITWire - Posted by Bill Keys   
Users of the open source VLC media player should download version 0.8.6i to avoid a serious vulnerability in previous releases. According to a security advisory released by the VideoLAN project, a maliciously crafted WAV file could either crash VLC or cause the execution of arbitrary code. In common with so many vulnerabilities that can be exploited through media files, this is another buffer overflow problem. I use VLC because it supports so many different formats but, why did this security vulnerability got so much attention in the news?
 
Google Backs Open-Source CERT Group  07 May 2008 
Source: Linux World - Posted by Bill Keys   
Google has thrown its weight behind a fledgling security reporting group for the open-source community.

The search engine giant, long a proponent of open-source software, is now one of three sponsors of oCERT, the Open Source Computer Emergency Response Team. What do you think about this statement by Google? Do you think it will help Open-Source Security?

 
Openwall Announce Community Resources: Oss-security, oCERT, Xvendor  17 April 2008 
Source: Openwall - Posted by Bill Keys   
The Solar Designer from the Openwall project announced some interesting news about their project. They are joined the oCERT project which is an important project for the Linux Security. Solar Designer is creator of the popular John the Ripper password cracker and has developed many of the Openwall projects. His is one of the key players in making open source security so successful. We have joined the oCERT project (the Open Source Computer Emergency Response Team), in two ways: I serve on the advisory board of oCERT, and Openwall is a registered public member of oCERT such that we can be sure to receive notification of vulnerabilities pertaining to our software (and, far more likely, to third-party software that we redistribute as a part of Openwall GNU/*/Linux) that will be handled via oCERT. Other Open Source projects are welcome to register with oCERT, too. (We're also a member of oss-security and vendor-sec, and are registered with the CERT/CC.) The website for oCERT is:
 
SELinux Developer Summit 2008 Announced  03 April 2008 
Source: SELinux News - Posted by Bill Keys   
The SELinux Developer Summit for 2008 has been announced. It will be held in Ottawa on the 22nd of July in conjunction with the Linux Symposium. This will be an open event for developers of SELinux and Flask/TE projects, as well as those with a strong technical interest. For more details, see the SELinux Developer Summit page. Have you heard that the 2008 SELinux Developer Summit for 2008 is going to be held in Ottawa Canada? What do you think will come out of this Summit and are you planning on going?
 
Critical VMWare Desktop Vulnerability Abuses Default Security Settings  27 February 2008 
Source: net-security.org - Posted by Ryan Berens   
Engineers from CoreLabs, the research arm of Core Security, discovered that an attacker could gain complete access to a host system by exploiting this vulnerability in VMwares desktop software products. The vulnerability could allow an attacker to create or modify executable files on the host operating system.
One of the most interesting aspects of this vulnerability however, and one that comes up again and again, is that it abuses the shared folder access, a default setting.

One of the ways to fix it is to disable this setting. Why is this an "opt-out" security feature? Shouldn't sharing folders be an "opt-in" feature? Are there other examples that you can think of where the same pattern applies?
 
New Authentication Scheme Combats Keyloggers, Shoulder-Hacking  07 February 2008 
Posted by Ryan Berens   
Security is always evolving and every day there's some new way to combat threats. This 'undercover' system, as it is being called seems like it an interesting step in a new direction - especially since it can help protect against people snooping over your shoulder! Researchers have built a prototype authentication technique that could ultimately reduce the risk of attackers hacking users' credentials via a keylogger or spyware.

The so-called Undercover system, which was built by Carnegie Mellon University faculty members and students approaches authentication differently: It hides the authentication challenges rather than the user's input or password during the authentication process.
 
Urgent: WordPress Security Fix  05 February 2008 
Posted by Ryan Berens   
From the WordPress website:

WordPress 2.3.3 is an urgent security release. If you have registration enabled a flaw was found in the XML-RPC implementation such that a specially crafted request would allow a user to edit posts of other users on that blog. In addition to fixing this security flaw, 2.3.3 fixes a few minor bugs. If you are interested only in the security fix, download the fixed version of xmlrpc.php and copy it over your existing xmlrpc.php. Otherwise, you can get the entire release here.

Also, there is a vulnerability in the WP-Forum plugin that is being actively exploited right now. If you are using this plugin, please remove it until an update is available from its author.
 
(IN)SECURE Magazine Issue 15 has been released  05 February 2008 
Posted by Ryan Berens   
(IN)SECURE Magazine is a free digital security magazine in PDF format. In this issue you can read about malware, advanced social engineering, Internet terrorism, visualization tools for security analysis, wireless security, insider threat, fraud mitigation, and much more. Download your FREE copy today!
 
Bruce Schneier at LinuxConf AU  31 January 2008 
Source: ZDNET - Posted by Ryan Berens   
Linux.conf.au kicked off its main proceedings in Melbourne on Wednesday morning with a stark message from security guru Bruce Schneier: "When security companies give you cost justifications, they're complete bull@#&&."

And so begins what is, as always, a great piece of commentary on the overall nature of security and the problems that are derived from the gap between perceived security and real security. Read on....
 
Linux security guru joins Microsoft  22 January 2008 
Source: ZDnet.com - Posted by Ryan Berens   
Crispin Cowan, the Linux security expert behind StackGard, the Immunix Linux distro and AppArmor, has joined the Windows security team.
Originally posted by a blogger over at Microsoft. It's interesting though - what is making Microsoft go for Linux security professionals? Is there something inherently more effective about security developers with an Open Source background? Something else?
 
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