GitHub, BitBucket, Twitter and other Secure Services Affected on Mac OS X By Expired SSL Certificate
On Saturday July 26th, an intermediate certificate issued by DigiCert that was used by online services like GitHub, BitBucket, etc expired. Since this certificate was widely cached in the keychains of many Mac OS X users, this expiration caused any connection via browser or API to raise certificate chain errors.
Hadoop distributor Cloudera pursued its strategy of securing the Hadoop ecosystem by acquiring last month the big data encryption and key management startup Gazzang. The deal will strengthen Cloudera's security offering and lead to the creation of a center of excellence for Hadoop security that will initially be fueled by Gazzang’s engineering team.
Trevor Livingston, a software engineer working for PayPal, has outlined in a recent post a number of suggestions to improve the outbound SSL performance of Node.js.
Google announced last week that Android 4.1.1 is susceptible to the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug. While Android 4.1.1 is, according to Google, the only Android version vulnerable to Heartbleed, it remains in use in millions of smartphones and tablets. Android 4.1.1 devices have been shown to leak significant amount of data in a "reverse Heartbleed" attack.
Google have announced general availability of their Cloud SQL service. At launch the service comes with automatic encryption of customer data, a 99.95% uptime SLA and support for databases up to 500GB in size.
Facebook has open sourced Conceal, a set of Java APIs for file encryption and authentication on Android. Conceal uses a subset of OpenSSL’s algorithms and predefined options in order to keep the library smaller, currently being 85KB.
Following recommendations by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, Microsoft intends to stop honoring SHA1 for SSL and Code Signing certificates. This policy will begin in 2017 and applies to Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and later operating systems.
Syncfusion has announced the availability of Orubase Version 1 which ships with Project Wizard, SQLite and Encryption Support.
A recent publication in the ACM CCS'12 proceedings titled "The Most Dangerous Code in the World:Validating SSL Certificates in Non-Browser Software" exposes critical vulnerabilities in the creation and usage of SSL libraries in non-browser applications. The lessons learnt and the ensuing recommendations to developers and testers are shared in this news item.
Lori MacVittie from F5 Networks provided an analysis of the recent adoption of NIST SSL Deployment Guidelines by the US Government as of January 2011. Since all commercial certificate authorities now issue only 2048-bit keys, the capacity of a server to process SSL is severely impacted and invalidates the general belief that SSL is not computationally expensive.
David Durham, manager of Intel's Security and Cryptography Research group, was recently interviewed on the subject of Internet and Computer Security. The interview covers a wide range of topics including the "monetization of malware," Cloud-based detection of malware, security of data stored in the Cloud, "Botnets in the Dark Cloud," and malware as a tool in geo-politics.
An implementation of the MD5 cryptographic hashing algorithm for Silverlight has been posted on MSDN by Reid Borsuk. Delay, another MSDN user, has recently posted ComputeFileHashes, a small .NET command-line application that also works on WPF and Silverlight and is helpful to compute MD5, SHA-1, and CRC-32 hashes.
SSL-based security using X509 certificates from certain CA's opens a vulnerability to sites masquerading under a forged X509 certificate, even in a "secure" connection. This was demonstrated recently at the Chaos Conference in Berlin by spoofing a real certificate.
JRuby 1.0.3 is out now. Although a point release, the update is significant because it addresses compatibility issues with Rails 2.0 and other libraries and tools. Meanwhile, some JRuby 1.1 performance improvements get noticed.
Not-Yet-Commons-SSL is an Apache licensed Java library designed to simplify the use of SSL by providing an easy-to-use API along with robust support for a variety of certificate formats and configuration options.