Application Security This Week for August 26

by Bill Sempf 26. August 2018 09:23

Big, big news out of Portswigger this week.  I'm a huge fan of OWASP ZAP, and use it daily, but this is a major uptick in web analysis tools.

A new API for Burp Suite (something ZAP has had for years)

The introduction of 2.0

And finally the introduction of Enterprise Edition, which effectively adds scalibility

Really solid week of announcements.


In other news, AppSec consulting hits it out of the park again with advice on securing third-party JavaScript.


A major flaw was found in GhostScript.  If you are parsing document formats like PDF or XPS, get your patch on!


Another Struts RCE vulnerability.  "I'm shocked!" said nobody, ever.


Bitdefender published a whitepaper on the next phase of Android malware, and it is worth a read.


And that's the news!


Application Security this Week for August 19

by Bill Sempf 19. August 2018 09:24

Trend Micro found a really interesting use-after-free vulnerability in the VBScript engine in IE.  Now, before you giggle, think of all of the companies that have standardized on IE. They are out there. Either way, the finding is cool.


Username enumeration bug discovered in OpenSSH of all things.


Ever seen a scanner point out that a site is vulnerable to DNS Rebinding, and wonder what the heck it was talking about?  Yeah me too.  These folks wrote up a framework for it.


Here is a password list sorted by probability. Remember that training course when I said you should check your new passwords against a list of known bad values, because NIST said to? Here ya go. The esteemed Jim Fenton recommends checking against the first 100,000. Neat project.


Application Security This Week for August 12

by Bill Sempf 12. August 2018 10:00

Interesting idea - introducing bugs to make software more difficult to attackers to navigate.  Seems risky to me; I would rather see self-reporting software.


Cloudflare has a really really good writeup on TLS 1.3.


Questionably ethical hacker steals credentials from the Homebrew repo and makes a commit.


Viral tweet thread on the "voatz" software that WVa is planning on using for midterm elections. Vulnerabilityapalooza.


Portswigger posted a nice primer on cache poisoning.


Application Security Weekly for August 5

by Bill Sempf 5. August 2018 09:33

Reddit Breach Highlights Limits of SMS-Based Authentication


One of my favorite people - Adam Caudill with AppSec Consulting - gives a breakdown of changes to the way Chrome handles HTTPS


Information disclosure is a thing - stop using Trello as a password manager


One of my favorite companies (Duo) has been acquired by Cisco

I have been assured that everything is gonna be OK 


As nosqlmap has fallen a bit by the wayside, I'm glad to see a new NoSQL scanner show up


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