Kevin Mitnick to Kim DotCom: 'I hope you win' - "Did the famed computer hacker really just send the MegaUpload founder a Tom Petty song for inspiration?" Kim DotCom is the man behind MegaUpload, who has mega anti-piracy charges against him.
Tenable's Marcus Ranum Discusses "Why Passwords Aren't Secure" - "It's really not a bad idea if you can have something in place on the password-change page -- or the login page -- that just tells the user, 'Please don't use the same password you use on Facebook,' or, 'Don't use the same password as you do on your favorite blog,' or whatever," he says. "Doing so magnifies the likelihood that things can go wrong."
Many vulnerable SAP systems exposed to the internet - "One of the goals of the research was to dispel the myth that SAP systems are secured from hackers and are only available from the internal network". But, found that: "Depending on the service in use, 5 to 25% of companies have vulnerable services exposed to the public." Umm, so is it 5% or 25%? Let's go with 5%, is that a lot according to the study? Shodan found this: "A total of 2677 servers with different SAP web applications was found and it is 4.5 times more than using Google search." Not sure how many SAP customers are out there, but certainly this is a high value target, and having over 2600 SAP servers exposed to the Internet could be a problem.
Gartner: Web appfirewalls can support secure application development - "..., Krikken said, that he instead encouraged enterprises to consider an alternative strategy that relies less on developers and more on integrating defensive technologies - like Web app firewalls (WAFs), ..." I'm going to politely disagree. I believe it's this type of thinking that gets us in trouble in the first place. I'm a huge fan of fixing the problem, and sure use a WAF as an extra layer (in fact it can offload a bunch of stuff from the application itself), but certainly rely heavily on your developers, they are likely the only ones that can fix the problem.
How to Break Into Security, Ptacek Edition - Great advice:"First: I want you to learn how to program." Then, "Second: The best jobs in our field are in application security." Okay, Thomas is a little biased, as application security is his "thing," but his reasoning is very sound. Application security has a bright future, and does a great job at solving the problems of security. (BTW, Thomas also recommends you check out Nessus).
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