Month: July 2008

  • A Decade of Oracle Security

    [This was originally published on attrition.org] Oracle Corporation, one of the largest software companies in the world, has been providing database software for 30 years. What began as a U.S. intelligence agency funded relational database designed on a PDP-11 and never officially released, later turned into perhaps the largest and most prevalent commercial database used […]

  • Brief analysis of “Analyzing Websites for User-Visible Security Design Flaws”

    [This was originally published on attrition.org] On July 23, 2008, an article was released touting the numbers of a recent study on website security design flaws. The article only quoted some statistics from the research and did not link to it or go into detail on how the statistics were derived. I posted a quick rebuttal to the […]

  • Brief analysis of “Analyzing Websites for User-Visible Security Design Flaws”

    On July 23, 2008, an article was released touting the numbers of a recent study on website security design flaws. The article only quoted some statistics from the research and did not link to it or go into detail on how the statistics were derived. I posted a quick rebuttal to the Dataloss mail list calling the entire study […]

  • The Black Market Code Industry

    [This was originally published on the OSVDB blog.] Adam Penenberg wrote an article titled “The Black Market Code Industry” for FastCompany in which he details his research of two HP employees that actively sold exploit code in their spare time, at least one selling exploits in HP’s own software. According to the article, HP knew […]

  • Stop Using Google, It’s Dangerous!

    [This was originally published on the OSVDB blog.] Reported Phishing/Vulnerable Site! The web site http://www.google.com has been reported as a vulnerable site that may pose a threat to your web browsing. Vulnerable sites do not prioritize security and don’t care about their users and customers. These sites may pose a risk to you, exploit the […]

  • VDBs Devolving?

    [This was originally published on the OSVDB blog.] I’m big on Vulnerability Database (VDB) evolution. I tend to harp on them for not adding features, not making the data more accessible and generally doing the exact same thing they did ten years ago. While the target of my ire is typically functionality or usability, today […]