Month: July 2017

  • A View Into DEF CON 25 CFP…

    First, this post is not sanctioned by DEF CON in any way. I am a member of the CFP team who decided to keep some rudimentary statistics on the submissions this year. I did this to give the team a feel for just how many submissions we got, how many talks we accepted, and primarily […]

  • Analysis Of The RANDom Report on Zero-days and Vulnerability Rediscovery

    [This was originally published on] On March 9, 2017, RAND released a report (PDF) titled “Zero Days, Thousands of Nights; The Life and Times of Zero-Day Vulnerabilities and Their Exploits” by Lillian Ablon and Andy Bogart that received a fair amount of press. The RAND press release goes on to describe it as “the first publicly available research to […]

  • The Steady Rise of Bounty Programs, and the Counterpart

    [This was originally published on] Companies that once said they would not pay for vulnerability information seven years ago, have been steadily expanding their program to pay for more and more vulnerability information and recently made Edge bounties permanent.  Service-oriented companies like Uber, that rely on a significant amount of user interaction and transactions via mobile apps, also utilize […]