Welcome to the Network Security website at the IAS

This website is intended to bring you the latest news, how to's, tools and resources in Information Security.  Security Awareness of our Faculty, Members and Staff is key in creating a safer computing environment.

The three major Principles of Information Security, Availability, Integrity and Confidentiality, will be covered throughout the security awareness program at the Institute.  For a description of these principles, please see our About section.

In keeping with the spirit of the Institute, I encourage questions and open discussions about security.  And if you discover anything out of the ordinary, please feel free to bring it to my attention so that we can work together to create a more productive, safer environment.

Brian Epstein <security@ias.edu>
twitter: @epepepep

ISC BIND 9 Remote packet Denial of Service against Authoritative and Recursive Servers


"A defect in the affected BIND 9 versions allows an attacker to remotely
cause the "named" process to exit using a specially crafted packet. This
defect affects both recursive and authoritative servers. The code
location of the defect makes it impossible to protect BIND using ACLs
configured within named.conf or by disabling any features at
compile-time or run-time."

New project scans for WordPress holes


"Developer Ryan Dewhurst has launched a new project called WPScan, a
WordPress Security Scanner. The initial version can attempt to work out
user names, crack weak passwords and identify vulnerabilities based on
version. Dewhurst plans to add plugin detection and also identify the
plug-in vulnerabilities, as well as add other checks."

Hole found in Firefox 4 WebGL implementation


"A security hole has been discovered in the WebGL implementation of
Firefox 4 by the British security researchers at Context Information
Security. The researchers have been continuing their previous work
looking for flaws in WebGL and have found they can perform a 'memory
stealing' attack using WebGL.

Firefox 5 Released


"Mozilla released the latest version of their browser, Firefox 5. With
the update comes a host of new features and also addresses a number
of security vulnerabilities[1]. Firefox 3.6.x will remain in support
for 'a short amount of time'. Anyone still using Firefox 3 are
recommended to upgrade to Firefox 4.x or later to continue receiving
security updates."

LibreOffice 3.3 'Lotus Word Pro' document import filter contains multiple vulnerabilities


"LibreOffice 3.3.2 includes a feature to import 'Lotus Word Pro' (.lwp)
documents. This import filter contains multiple vulnerabilities. CERT/CC
has confirmed that code execution is possible by exploiting a stack
buffer overflow."