Topic: software security

2014: Into the breach

Software vulnerabilities have existed for as long as there has been software. Organizations and their developers have been locked in a cat-and-mouse game with the legion of hackers looking to steal data. Every time one breach is fixed, another is exploited, and ‘round and ‘round it goes. So, after Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden, … continue reading

GitHub announces critical vulnerability in Git

GitHub is warning users to update their Git clients as soon as possible. A critical security vulnerability has been found in Git, affecting all Git clients and software related to Git repositories such as GitHub for Windows and GitHub for Mac. “We strongly encourage all users…to be particularly careful when cloning or accessing Git repositories … continue reading

Microsoft’s open-source .NET Core plans, IBM’s Watson Analytics beta, and more bad news about the Sony hack—SD Times news digest: Dec. 5, 2014

Microsoft has laid out plans for the open-source release of .NET Core, and how it fits into .NET 2015 and the company’s overall strategy. .NET Framework program manager Immo Landwerth explained the strategy in a blog post, giving an overview of .NET Core, how it will be released open-source and what role .NET Core will … continue reading

Zeichick’s Take: Consumer anxiety

Many of our businesses store information about our customers. Perhaps customers set up accounts for e-commerce or for information access. Perhaps we install cookies and track their movements across our websites. Perhaps we gather demographics and create profiles of those individuals. And perhaps our customers upload and store data (such as photos or videos) that … continue reading

First Heartbleed, now Shellshock

The Department of Homeland Security’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has issued a warning about a vulnerability affecting Unix-based operating systems. The vulnerability, dubbed Shellshock, was discovered in the Bourne-Again Shell, also known as Bash. Bash is a popular Linux and Unix shell, and according to security researchers, the newly revealed bug could … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Sept. 8, 2014—GM’s hands-free cars, JHipster 1.0, and tracking stress levels with Google Glass

GM to launch hands-free driving by 2016 General Motors CEO Mary Barra has announced that Cadillac will offer advanced “intelligent and connected” vehicle technologies on 2017-model-year vehicles. The vehicle will offer GM’s advanced driver assist technology, Super Cruise, and will provide vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology. “A tide of innovation has invigorated the global auto industry, and … continue reading

IEEE reveals Top 10 software security design flaws (and how to avoid them)

The IEEE Center for Secure Design has published a report on the Top 10 software security design flaws (and how to avoid them). When it comes to making sure software is secure, too much of the attention is focused on bugs, and not enough of the conversation is about design flaws, according to Gary McGraw, … continue reading

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