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Remote Code Exploitation through Bash

by Alex Blewitt on  Sep 29, 2014 2

A remote exploit (CVE-2014-6271) has been in bash discovered that potentially affects any application that uses environment variables to pass data from unsanitised content, such as CGI scripts. After the release went public, other exploits were discovered (CVE-2014-7169). Official patches have been released to fix them. (Originally posted 24 September, updated 25, 26 and 29 September)

ShellShocked - Behind the Bug

by Alex Blewitt on  Sep 29, 2014 2

The recent vulnerabilities in the Bash shell initially stemmed from a remote execution exploit, which was patched and made available through responsible disclosure before being announced. However, since the initial release there have been other flaws detected which became zero day threats. What exactly was the problem with Shellshock, and is it truly fixed? InfoQ explains what happened.

Building Agile Relationships with Customers and End-Users

by Ben Linders on  Sep 11, 2014

Teams can become so focused that they forget the world around them and risk losing contact with stakeholders. This makes it difficult for them to know what their customers need and how end users will use their products. At the ASAS2014 conference Daisy Rasing-de Joode will show how successful agile teams create synergy by being interdependent and highly collaborative with their environment.

Chrome Sets SHA-1 Expiration Date

by Jeff Martin on  Sep 10, 2014

Google's Chrome web browser team has announced a schedule to deprecate support for how the browser handles HTTPS certificates using SHA-1 signatures. Over the next 6 months the browser will utilize increasingly noticeable warnings for sites that still use SHA-1.

Refreshed AWS Trusted Advisor Offers Several Free Checks

by Steffen Opel on  Aug 31, 2014

AWS has recently integrated the AWS Trusted Advisor into the AWS Management Console and made four security and service limit checks available at no charge. Additional checks from the security, performance, fault tolerance and cost optimization categories remain part of their Business and Enterprise support tiers.

Data Encryption in Apache Hadoop with Project Rhino - Q&A with Steven Ross

by Abhishek Sharma on  Aug 14, 2014

Cloudera recently released an update over Project Rhino and data at-rest encryption in Apache Hadoop. Project Rhino is an effort of Cloudera, Intel and Hadoop community to bring a comprehensive security framework for data protection. InfoQ recently talked to Steven Ross from Cloudera team to learn more about the project.

ASP.NET Two-Factor Authentication, Web And Mobile Tooling Improvements

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Aug 12, 2014

Visual Studio Update 3 was released last week and includes some framework and tooling improvements relevant to web and mobile developers. We go through some of these, including the ASP.NET identity update supporting two-factor authentication, new Visual Studio-Azure integrations as well as several updates to the Apache Cordova Tooling preview.

AWS Expands Credential Lifecycle Management and Monitoring

by Steffen Opel on  Jul 29, 2014

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) recently expanded available password policy rules to enable self-service password rotation. A new credential report provides visibility into the AWS credentials security status. AWS also added logging of AWS Management Console sign-in events to AWS CloudTrail.

GitHub, BitBucket, Twitter and other Secure Services Affected on Mac OS X By Expired SSL Certificate

by Dio Synodinos on  Jul 27, 2014

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.

Nurturing a Culture for Continuous Learning

by Ben Linders on  Jul 24, 2014

Continuous learning supports agile adoption in enterprises. A culture change can be needed to enable and support continuous learning. There are several things that managers and agile coaches can do to establish and nurture a continuous learning culture.

Cloudera Acquires Big Data Encryption Startup Gazzang

by Jérôme Serrano on  Jul 15, 2014

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.

Katana Gets OpenIDConnect, WSFederation Components

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jul 14, 2014

Katana 3, now close to GA, comes with new security components providing OpenIDConnect and WSFederation support.

AWS CloudTrail Expands Auditing of API Calls

by Steffen Opel on  Jun 25, 2014

AWS has considerably increased the number of services supported by AWS CloudTrail to cover the majority of the extensive AWS service portfolio. This now includes most compute and networking and all deployment and management services, thereby providing comprehensive end to end auditing of almost any changes to customer’s infrastructure.

Node Security Project Aims at Making Node.js More Secure

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 25, 2014

Node Security Project has been quietly working at improving Node.js security for a few months now. The project has the goal of auditing Node.js existing module base to help "improve Node landscape and provide confidence to developers and enterprises about the state of security in Node.js land."

Hortonworks Acquires XA Secure to Strengthen Security in Enterprise Hadoop

by Abhishek Sharma on  Jun 23, 2014

Hortonworks recently acquired the data security company XA Secure to help the organization in providing comprehensive security to Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). Security features would be available across all Hadoop workloads from batch, interactive SQL and real–time.

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