When it comes to application security, we often include it as an afterthought. We have learnt how to add test into the development workflows, but with security we often assume someone else will come and fix it later on, Sam Newman claimed in his keynote at this year’s Microservices Conference in London.
A major, currently exploited vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows kernel has recently been disclosed by Google’s Threat Analysis Group, before Microsoft made public a patch or any mitigation advice. Microsoft has stated a fully tested patch will be available in a week.
A developer found out the hard way that they had built their Firefox browser extension on banned technology. Angular 1.X has been banned for use in Firefox extensions as long as a security vulnerability exists in the way Angular interacts with the extension and the displayed web page.
Docker Inc have announced general availability of Docker Security Scanning, which was previously known as Project Nautilus. The release comes alongside an update to the CIS Docker Security Benchmark to bring it in line with Docker 1.11.0, and an updated Docker Bench tool for checking that host and daemon configuration match security benchmark recommendations.
GitLab has just announced a fix for a number of important security fixes, including a critical privilege escalation, and strongly recommends that all GitLab installations from version 8.2 onwards be upgraded immediately. InfoQ has spoken with GitLab’s Stan Hu, VP of Engineering.
The NPM project has formally acknowledged a long-standing security vulnerability in which it is possible for malicious packages to run arbitrary code on developer's systems, leading to the first NPM created worm. With the recent problems with NPM, is it safe to use any more? InfoQ investigates.
Clair is an open-source container vulnerability scanner recently released by CoreOs. The tool cross-checks if a Docker image's operating system and any of its installed packages match any known insecure package versions. The vulnerabilities are fetched from OS-specific common vulnerabilities and exposures databases. Currently supported are Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Debian.
It has been announced that the popular and widely used libpng library has vulnerabilities that make applications that rely on it for PNG image support vulnerable to exploitation. System administrators and application developers should take heed to update their systems as soon as possible.
According to a recent security analysis by Foxglove Security suggests that applications using deserialization may be vulnerable to a zero-day exploit. This includes libraries including OpenJDK, Apache Commons, Spring and Groovy. InfoQ investigates.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge have carried through an extensive research to assess security across Android devices, Android versions, and years. Their findings show 87% of Android devices to be vulnerable on average over the last four years. InfoQ has spoken with Daniel Thomas, lead author of the study.
LinkedIn has recently open sourced QARK, a static analysis tool meant to discover potential security vulnerabilities existing in Android applications written in Java.
Microsoft has announced the presence of a critical flaw that exists in all versions of Internet Explorer, allowing for remote code execution. This flaw applies to all current Windows systems and should be patched as soon as possible.
Symantec is reporting that the zero-day vulnerability discovered (and weaponised) in the HackDay leak allows for remote code execution. Adobe will be updating Flash in the near future but disabling Flash may be the only solution at the moment.
BanyanOps have published a report stating that ‘Over 30% of Official Images in Docker Hub Contain High Priority Security Vulnerabilities’, which include some of the sensational 2014 issues such as ShellShock and Heartbleed. The analysis also looks at user generated ‘general’ repositories and finds an even greater level of vulnerability.
Lenovo has responded to the criticism of the Superfish software pre-loaded onto its computers with advice on how to remove the offending tool. But what was the issue, and why was it pre-loaded in the first place? InfoQ investigates. Meanwhile, Microsoft has pushed out a definition of Microsoft Defender to remove Superfish and its root certificate.