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

Wireshark updates close security holes in versions 1.4.7 and 1.2.17


"It may be possible to make Wireshark crash by injecting a series of
malformed packets onto the wire or by convincing someone to read a
malformed packet trace file. "

It is recommended that users update to the latest version of Wireshark
to avoid a DoS attack.


Python 2.6.7 security-only fix released


"Python 2.6 is now in security-fix-only mode; no new features are being
added, and no new bug fix releases are planned. We intend to provide
source-only security fixes for the Python 2.6 series until October 2013
(five years after the 2.6 final release). For ongoing maintenance
releases, please see the Python 2.7 series."

This version fixes the following security issues.

VLC Media Player 1.1.10 fixes vulnerabilities


Version 1.1.10 brings several security fixes in the VLC software.

"Security update regarding an integer overflow in xspf demuxer
Update of libmodplug for security reasons in Windows and Mac versions"

In addition various other bugs and UI fixes have been addressed.

It is recommended that users of VLC upgrade to the latest version.


Two phpMyadmin vulnerabilities have been patched


Two serious vulnerabilities affect phpMyAdmin.

One made it "possible to create a crafted table name that leads to XSS".
The second made it "possible to redirect to an arbitrary, untrusted
site, leading to a possible phishing attack".

CKEditor 3.5.4 Released


"[This update] includes several fixes and minor enhancements to the
editor. Please note that due to a security issue (XSS, Severity rating:
Less Critical) that was discover recently it is recommended to upgrade
your CKEditor installation to either version 3.5.4 or 3.6."

We recommend updating to the latest version of CKEditor.