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


Serious SSL vulnerability for Debian/Ubuntu

http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/2008/msg00152.html - Debian released this announcement today pertaining to their openssl libraries. It has been determined that a Debian specific patch to openssl has been using a weak and easily determined pseudo random number generator for creating ssl certificates. This patch was made to fix CVE-2008-0166, but ended up creating a new issue. This was introduced into Debians testing environment in September 2006, and was moved into their etch release.

WordPress PHP Code Execution and Cross-Site Scripting in v2.5 and prior

http://secunia.com/advisories/29965/ - Two vulnerabilities have been discovered, one which can lead to authentication bypass (if account registration is enabled) and another which can lead to arbitrary HTML and code execution on the clients web browser. This could appear to be a defacement, but is executed locally on the users computer, not on the server itself. Test and update to v2.5.1 when possible.

WordPress PHP Code Execution and Cross-Site Scripting in v2.5 and prior

http://secunia.com/advisories/29965/ - Two vulnerabilities have been discovered, one which can lead to authentication bypass (if account registration is enabled) and another which can lead to arbitrary HTML and code execution on the clients web browser. This could appear to be a defacement, but is executed locally on the users computer, not on the server itself. Test and update to v2.5.1 when possible.

Sun Solaris Apache Modules Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerabilities

http://secunia.com/advisories/29988/ - Sun has acknowledged some vulnerabilities in Solaris, which can be exploited by malicious people to conduct cross-site scripting attacks. This affects Apache 1.3.x and 2.0.x running on Solaris 8, 9 and 10 on SPARC and x86. Some vendor patches are available. Please test and apply these patches when available.

Sun Solaris Apache Modules Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerabilities

http://secunia.com/advisories/29988/ - Sun has acknowledged some vulnerabilities in Solaris, which can be exploited by malicious people to conduct cross-site scripting attacks. This affects Apache 1.3.x and 2.0.x running on Solaris 8, 9 and 10 on SPARC and x86. Some vendor patches are available. Please test and apply these patches when available.

Adobe Products BMP Handling Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

http://secunia.com/advisories/29838/ - Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition 3.2 and Adobe After Effects CS3 (and possibly other Adobe products) are vulnerable to a buffer overflow vulnerability that could lead to system compromise. An update is not yet available. Users should avoid opening untrusted BMP files.

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