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AWS s2n: Open-source TLS Implementation in Less than 6,000 Lines

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 01, 2015

Amazon Web Services has recently introduced s2n, short for “signal to noise”, an open-source implementation of the TLS/SSL protocols that aims to be “simple, small, fast, and with security as a priority”.

GitHub Revoked Compromised and Unsecure SSH Keys

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 11, 2015

GitHub has recently started revoking SSH keys that were deemed to be compromised or otherwise insecure. Systems engineer Ben Cartwright-Cox was the author of the research that uncovered the issues. InfoQ has spoken with him.

Microsoft Recommits to Providing SSH for Windows

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 04, 2015 1

The third time may be the charm as Microsoft has announced intentions to produce native SSH client and server tools for the Windows platform. Using OpenSSH as a starting point, Microsoft says their goals for the new toolset includes easier system management of both Windows and Linux systems.

ZeroDB Internals and End-To-End Database Encryption

by Alex Giamas on  Apr 09, 2015

In an article published in their blog, ZeroDB team explains how it works. ZeroDB is an end-to-end encrypted database, which means that the database server does not need to be secure for the data to be safe. The way this works is that query logic is being pushed down to the client. The client also holds the decryption keys for data. The client encrypts data with a symmetric key at time of creation

Amazon releases AWS Key Management Service

by Chris Swan on  Dec 05, 2014

At their re:invent 2014 show Amazon launched AWS Key Management Service (KMS), “a managed service that makes it easy for you to create and control the encryption keys used to encrypt your data, and uses Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) to protect the security of your keys”. At launch the service supported EBS, S3 and Redshift. Additional support for Elastic Transcoder was added in late November.

Netflix Releases Open Source Message Security Layer

by Chris Swan on  Nov 24, 2014

Netflix have announced the release of the Message Security Layer protocol (MSL), which they describe as ‘A Modern Take on Securing Communication’. The project is available on github under the Apache 2.0 license, with implementations in Java and JavaScript.

Google to remove support for SSL 3.0

by Alex Blewitt on  Oct 14, 2014 7

Google have announced that they will remove support for the obsolete SSL 3.0 after discovering vulnerabilities that may be exploitable by forcing clients or servers to downgrade. Removing SSL 3.0 may also unlock stalled negotiations with HTTP2. Read on for more details.

CloudFlare Universal SSL - Free Web Security for All

by Chris Swan on  Oct 08, 2014 1

CloudFlare have made SSL available to all free subscribers to its content delivery network (CDN) with Universal SSL. The move addresses both cost and complexity issues that have previously confronted web site and application owners wanting to deploy SSL. CloudFlare takes care of issuing a certificate at no cost to the end user, and enabling SSL becomes a selection from a dropdown menu.

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.

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.

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.

LibreSSL, OpenSSL Replacement: The First 30 Days

by Sergio De Simone on  May 19, 2014

LibreSSL is the OpenBSD group's response to the Heartbleed security vulnerability that was discovered a few weeks ago in OpenSSL. LibreSSL aims at fully pruning/refactoring OpenSSL to provide a secure and stable code base, fix long standing bugs, introduce modern programming practices, and redesign portability. After one month of work, it is time for a status update.

Improving Node.js’ SSL Performance at PayPal

by Abel Avram on  Apr 17, 2014

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.

Android 4.1.1 Vulnerable to Reverse Heartbleed

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 15, 2014

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.

Lessons Learned from Apple's GoToFail Bug

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 28, 2014 5

The recent security weakness found in both iOS and OS X hints at flaws in coding style guidelines, unit testing, system testing, code review policies, error management strategies, and tools deployment. An overview.

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