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  • Modern iOS Application Security

    At QCon New York 2016, Trail of Bits CEO and security expert Dan Guido explained how to keep iOS apps secure. This includes correctly using all iOS security provisions, without forgetting that your app might be running on a jailbroken phone.

  • Microsoft Introduces Project Bletchley: A Modular Blockchain Fabric

    On June 15th, Microsoft announced their vision for an open blockchain platform which will be powered by Azure. Microsoft is calling this initiative Project Bletchley, which focuses on providing the architectural building blocks for constructing an Enterprise Consortium Blockchain Ecosystem.

  • Dan Guido: Modern iOS Application Security

    As mobile applications increase in popularity and as more transactions are carried out via mobile devices, security is a topic of growing concern. In his talk "Modern iOS Application Security" at QCon New York 2016, Dan Guido takes a closer look at iOS security. While Apple already provides the means to create highly secured applications, there are still threads that may render them useless.

  • Apple Defends Encryption with TV Interview, Files Counter Lawsuit

    Apple has responded to questions raised about its stance with the FBI and CEO Tim Cook has appeared on live TV to defend Apple's stance. They have now filed a lawsuit to have the FBI's case dismissed. InfoQ updates you with the latest on the subject.

  • Postponing the Retirement of SHA-1

    The need to retire SHA-1 faces obstacles with the access needs of users who have yet to upgrade. Facebook, Twitter, and CloudFlare have proposed an interim solution for users of these legacy devices.

  • Apple Open-sources Three Cryptographic Libraries

    Apple has announced they have open sourced three major components in their OSes’ security subsystem. Apple’s announcement has spun some controversy due to the restrictive nature of the license used for one of the libraries.

  • Internet Security, TLS, and HTTP/2: A Q&A with ThoughtWorks’ Vuksanovic and Gibson

    InfoQ recently sat down with Marko Vuksanovic and Sam Gibson from ThoughtWorks, and asked about their recent study of TLS/HTTPS and HTTP/2 that was published in the ThoughtWorks P2 magazine. Both Vuksanovic and Gibson shared their expertise on a range of security-focused topics, including ubiquitous computing, the workings of TLS/HTTPS, certificate trust, and the security implications of HTTP/2.

  • Symantec Accidentally Leaks Multiple Google SSL Certificates

    Symantec’s Thawte unit admits that flawed internal practices allowed multiple Google SSL certificates to be released in an unauthorized manner.

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

    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”.

  • ZeroDB Internals and End-To-End Database Encryption

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • 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.

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