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.

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


DLL Preloading remote attack vector (2269637)

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/2269637.mspx

This attack vector allows for the loading of malicious dynamic-link
libraries (DLLs) when loading certain programs in the Windows operating
system. It is due to applications not specifying the full path to the
trusted library to use in the programming code.

Wordpress 2.9.2 security update

http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/11922

Release overview:
http://core.trac.wordpress.org/query?
status=closed&group=resolution&order=priority&milestone=2.9.2&resolution
=fixed

"In add_menu_page(), the callback function gets hooked unconditionally.
$access_level is ignored."

It is recommended to update all versions of Wordpress to the newest
version, 2.9.2. Running version 2.9.1 or earlier should be treated as:

Wordpress 2.9.2 security update

http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/11922

Release overview:
http://core.trac.wordpress.org/query?
status=closed&group=resolution&order=priority&milestone=2.9.2&resolution
=fixed

"In add_menu_page(), the callback function gets hooked unconditionally.
$access_level is ignored."

It is recommended to update all versions of Wordpress to the newest
version, 2.9.2. Running version 2.9.1 or earlier should be treated as:

Wordpress 2.9.2 security update

http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/11922

Release overview:
http://core.trac.wordpress.org/query?
status=closed&group=resolution&order=priority&milestone=2.9.2&resolution
=fixed

"In add_menu_page(), the callback function gets hooked unconditionally.
$access_level is ignored."

It is recommended to update all versions of Wordpress to the newest
version, 2.9.2. Running version 2.9.1 or earlier should be treated as:

Tabnabbing phishing attack

http://searchbliss-webmaster.blogspot.com/2010/05/tabnabbing-new-phishin...

Apparently, when you move to another tab in your web browser, the tab you were originally using can detect that it has lost focus.  A malicious website can take the opportunity to load new content in the tab, change its title and appear to be a different website.

When you return, if you try to login using your credentials, you could be handing them over to a malicious source.

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