On September 18th, hours before the Ethereum Foundation devcon 2 conference was about to start, a DOS security alert was posted on the Ethereum blog. The alert was related to a vulnerability discovered on the Ethereum blockchain, in block 2283416, and was considered to have a high likelihood and severity.
This week Stormpath released version 1.0 of their user management and authentication Java SDK. Stormpath generally provides APIs for implementing authentication, authorization and user management in web and mobile applications, including open source implementations, targeting a range of languages and frameworks.
Mozilla has launched their website security analysis tool. Dubbed Observatory, the tool helps to spread information on best security practices to developers and sys admins in need of guidance.
At DockerCon 2016, held in Seattle, USA, Aaron Grattafiori presented “The Golden Ticket: Docker and High Security Microservices”. Core recommendations for running secure container-based microservices included enabling User Namespaces, configuring application-specific AppArmor or SELinux and seccomp whitelist, hardening the host system, restricting host access and considering network security.
The latest release of the .NET Framework provides several new features centered around WPF and security- including some long-awaited improvements to ClickOnce deployed applications. Microsoft released a preview of .NET Framework 4.6.2 back in late March and now developers can take advantage of the release’s new features in their own projects.
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.
Robert Scherrer, head of application engineering at SIX, on how the company leveraged DevOps principles and benefits in the highly regulated Swiss financial industry. Engaging with compliance auditors to collaboratively agree on solutions early before it's too costly to change and avoiding legacy internal directives (not actually required by external regulations) are the main takeaways.
Microsoft launched Azure Information Protection (AIP) in early June 2016. The service aims to enable easy classification of documents both for security and taxonomy.
Supply chain management can raise the bar with continuous development, argues Joshua Corman, Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative and co-founder of Rugged Software. Our dependence on IT and software is growing faster than our ability to secure it, and applying supply chain approaches to software development helps to address complexity which reduces risks and increases quality.
The release of GitLab 8.9 brings a file locking, a refreshed UI, and hardware-based two-factor authentication. Teaming up with Yubico, developers can now use a hardware YubiKey to automatically authenticate a GitLab session without having to type in a 6-digit TOTP code. In addition, file locking will keep binary assets from getting destroyed during a merge.
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.
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.
Being a Java Champion has its perks, and thanks to the generosity of JetBrains, a free license for IntelliJ IDEA is now one of them. The Champions are the latest in the list of groups earning this special JetBrains premium, which also includes approved open source projects, students, and teachers.
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.