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>

 

Horde Groupware contains backdoor in Horde 3.3.12 and Groupware 1.2.10

http://m.h-online.com/security/news/item/Horde-Groupware-contains-backdo...

"Unknown perpetrators infiltrated a backdoor into several installation packages during an attack on groupware provider Horde's FTP server. Horde 3.3.12, Groupware 1.2.10 and the webmail edition of the groupware product are all affected. Horde 4 was not modified. The CVS and Git servers are also unaffected.

HTC Android phones can leak Wi-Fi passwords

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https://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/020112-htc-android-passwords-2556...


It looks like some HTC Android phones which install malicious applications could have their Wifi passwords stolen according to an article by Network World last week.


HTC has released some patches to their software to help fix this issue.

Apache HTTP Server 2.2.22 Released

http://www.apache.org/dist/httpd/Announcement2.2.html

Six security issues were fixed in Apache 2.2.22, including information disclosure, privilege escalation and DoS vulnerabilities.

"SECURITY: CVE-2011-3368 (cve.mitre.org) Reject requests where the request-URI does not match the HTTP specification, preventing unexpected expansion of target URLs in some reverse proxy configurations.

Canadian Privacy Commissioner Unveils New Tools to Help Young Internet Users Protect Their Privacy

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http://www.priv.gc.ca/media/nr-c/2012/nr-c_120124_e.cfm#contenttop


I think that the materials that the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is promoting are great.  Everyone should follow the advice they present to teach their families about online privacy.  Here are the links to three great tools they have launched on their www.youthprivacy.ca website.

Microsoft Security Advisory (2639658) Vulnerability in TrueType Font Parsing Could Allow Elevation of Privilege

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2639658

"A vulnerability has been reported in Microsoft Windows, which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user's system.

The vulnerability is caused due to an error within the Win32k kernel-mode driver (win32k.sys) when parsing TrueType fonts.

Successful exploitation allows execution of arbitrary code."

Apple Releases Multiple Security Updates

http://www.us-cert.gov/current/index.html#apple_releases_multiple_securi...

"Apple has released security updates for Apple iOS, Safari 5.1.1, OS X Lion v10.7.2, iWork 09, and Apple TV 4.4 to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code, cause a denial-of-service condition, obtain sensitive information, and bypass security restrictions.

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