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HPSR Software Security Content 2015 Update 2

HP Software Security Research is pleased to announce the immediate availability of updates to HP Application Defender, HP WebInspect SecureBase (available via SmartUpdate), HP Fortify Secure Coding Rulepacks (English language, version 2015.2.0), and HP Fortify Premium Content. As of today, HPSR Software Security Content supports over 958 vulnerability categories across 22 programming languages and spans more than 827,000 individual APIs.

HP Security Research OSINT (OpenSource Intelligence) articles of interest – June 26, 2015

field-logo.jpgWelcome to the June 26th edition of the HP Security Research OSINT articles of interest. This is a list of publically available articles that we find relevant in today's security news.  

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HP Security Research OSINT (OpenSource Intelligence) articles of interest – June 19, 2015

field-logo.jpgWelcome to the June 19th edition of the HP Security Research OSINT articles of interest. This is a list of publically available articles that we find relevant in today's security news.  

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There and back again: a journey through bounty award and disclosure

ZDI Logo_4Blog_200px.jpgIn February 2015, HP Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) team members Brian Gorenc, AbdulAziz Hariri, and Simon Zuckerbraun won $125,000 from Microsoft’s mitigation-bypass bug bounty program. Today they’re fully disclosing the details of that bypass. Here’s where – and why.

HP Security Research OSINT (OpenSource Intelligence) articles of interest – June 12, 2015

field-logo.jpgWelcome to the June 12th edition of the HP Security Research OSINT articles of interest. This is a list of publically available articles that we find relevant in today's security news.  

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HP Security Research OSINT (OpenSource Intelligence) articles of interest – June 5, 2015

field-logo.jpgWelcome to the June 5th edition of the HP Security Research OSINT articles of interest. This is a list of publically available articles that we find relevant in today's security news.  

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HP Security Briefing, Episode 22: The hidden dangers of inadequate patching strategies

16413961_l.jpgInstallation of security updates should be easy – that’s certainly the theory. In this briefing, we examine industrywide problems with patching and how inadequate servicing approaches hurt everyone.

HP Security Research OSINT (OpenSource Intelligence) articles of interest – May 29, 2015

field-logo.jpgWelcome to the May 29th edition of the HP Security Research OSINT articles of interest. This is a list of publically available articles that we find relevant in today's security news.

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Oh, behave!: Breaches, APT, and activity monitoring

defense.jpgA recent Gartner survey indicates that an overwhelming majority of breaches are application-related. We look at how that knowledge can be power in the right defenders’ hands.

Common Web mistakes that invite trouble

web security.jpgSometimes it seems as if security folk simply can’t shut off the part of their brain that looks for trouble. Unfortunately, years of questionable web site development tactics have made trouble plenty easy to find. See if any of these misbehaviors ring a bell.

Adult Friend Finder leak – what can we learn?

too-many-friends-found.jpgThe recent breach and data dump of records on 3.8 million Adult Friend Finder subscribers may have provided a certain degree of amusement to the Internet – though it’s safe to say that the subscribers and the site owners aren’t laughing. However, a breach of employees’ (very) personal information can still spell trouble for your network. We look at the implications.

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HP Security Research OSINT (OpenSource Intelligence) articles of interest – May 22, 2015

field-logo.jpgWelcome to the May 22nd edition of the HP Security Research OSINT articles of interest. This is a list of publically available articles that we find relevant in today's security news.  

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Software Development KITchen sink

bug picture.jpgCVE-2014-8361 (ZDI-15-155), recently disclosed by the Zero Day Initiative, provides a depressing example of why near-intractable vulnerabilities will continue to plague the tech industry – and will only get worse as we fully embrace the Internet of Things.

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HP Security Research OSINT (OpenSource Intelligence) articles of interest – May 15, 2015

OSINT.jpgWelcome to the May 15th edition of the HP Security Research OSINT articles of interest. This is a list of publically available articles that we find relevant in today's security news.  

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Milestone today, good times ahead

zdi-small.pngIs today’s group of Zero Day Initiative disclosures the largest ever? We look at the numbers and analyze the trend – and what it means for the ZDI as we approach the program’s tenth anniversary.

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HP Security Research OSINT (OpenSource Intelligence) articles of interest – May 8, 2015

OSINT.jpgWelcome to the May 8th edition of the HP Security Research OSINT articles of interest. This is a list of publically available articles that we find relevant in today's security news.  

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Cloud "shiny rocks" and your SOC

32380942_s.jpgIt’s easy to turn the heads of IT folk – or of their C-level execs – with promises of easy access and fast implementation. But the “shiny rock” of cloud security can easily block a clear view of the realities of working well within known security operations center (SOC) parameters. Fortunately, you already have the expertise; we have a bit of advice for minimizing the distraction.

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HP Security Research OSINT (OpenSource Intelligence) articles of interest – May 1, 2015

field-logo.jpgWelcome to the May 1st edition of the HP Security Research OSINT articles of interest. This is a list of publically available articles that we find relevant in today's security news.  

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HP Security Research OSINT (OpenSource Intelligence) articles of interest – April 24, 2015

field-logo.jpgWelcome to the April 24th edition of the HP Security Research OSINT articles of interest. This is a list of publically available articles that we find relevant in today's security news.  

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Crypto Manifesto 2015

Time marches on, and the cryptographic mojo that worked in 2009 isn’t equal to 2015’s security landscape. Our updated Manifesto sets forth guidelines for the wisest usage of cryptography within security-sensitive contexts.

HP Security Research OSINT (OpenSource Intelligence) articles of interest – April 17, 2015

OSINT.jpgWelcome to the April 17th edition of the HP Security Research OSINT articles of interest. This is a list of publically available articles that we find relevant in today's security news.  

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Welcome to OpSec Research

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HP Security Research expands its capabilities into the world of security defenders with the addition of a new team.

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HP Security Research OSINT (OpenSource Intelligence) articles of interest – April 10, 2015

OSINT.jpgWelcome to the April 10th edition of the HP Security Research OSINT articles of interest. This is a list of publically available articles that we find relevant in today's security news.  

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Adventures in PoSeidon genealogy: Tracking a malware family tree

Poseidon Square.jpgThe PoSeidon or Backoff family of malware – known by a plethora of other names – attacks Point-of-Sale (PoS) systems to steal credit card information. This analysis digs deeper into the multiple versions of this malware family and shows how to detect, and potentially remove, the unwanted software.

A brief history of privacy

privacy.jpgWith the rocketing rise in data breaches in the past 18 months, protection of personally identifiable information (PII) has been a frequent topic of discussion and worry. But privacy has been a concern for a very long time. If your privacy knowledge feels a bit thin, spend a few moments with a brief introduction to the landscape.

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HP Security Research OSINT (OpenSource Intelligence) articles of interest – April 3, 2015

OSINT.jpgWelcome to the April 3rd edition of the HP Security Research OSINT articles of interest. This is a list of publically available articles that we find relevant in today's security news.  

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Naming and graphic design services for bugs now available

ZDI is now offering vulnerability naming and graphic design services for researchers who reach Gold status. No longer will your bug suffer in anonymity; we’ll hook you up with our crack design team to give your bug the name and logo it deserves.

HPSR Software Security Content 2015 Update 1

HP Software Security Research is pleased to announce the immediate availability of updates to HP Application Defender, HP WebInspect SecureBase (available via SmartUpdate), the HP Fortify Secure Coding Rulepacks (English language, version 2015.1.0), and HP Fortify Premium Content. As of today, HPSR Software Security Content supports over 931 vulnerability categories across 22 programming languages and spans more than 825,000 individual APIs.

HP Security Research OSINT (OpenSource Intelligence) articles of interest – March 27, 2015

OSINT.jpgWelcome to the March 27th edition of the HP Security Research OSINT articles of interest. This is a list of publically available articles that we find relevant in today's security news.  

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  • Head of OpSec Research
  • I am a senior security content developer with Hewlett-Packard Security Research (HPSR). In this role, I write and edit security analysis and supporting content from researchers, including those from HP’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) program. The ZDI program augments HP’s Enterprise Security Products with zero-day research through a network of over 3,000 independent researchers around the world. I am also responsible for providing insight into the threat landscape; competitive intelligence to the research team; and providing guidance on the social media roadmap. Part of my role includes speaking publicly and promoting the research and technology of the HPSR.
  • Kernelsmith is senior vulnerability researcher with Hewlett-Packard Security Research (HPSR). In this role, he analyzes and performs root-cause analysis on hundreds of vulnerabilities submitted to the Zero-Day Initiative (ZDI) program. He also tries to automate whenever he can, pulling from the devops and virtualization arenas. Josh is also a developer for the Metasploit Framework and has spoken at a few conferences and holds a few certifications. Prior to joining HP, Smith served in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years and subsequently became a security engineer at the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Smith performed research into weapons systems vulnerabilities as well as evasion and obfuscation techniques to add depth and realism to security device tests. Smith received a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.A. in Management of Information Systems from the University of Great Falls.
  • Security Researcher, Software Security Research
  • Security Researcher, Zero Day Initiative
  • Steve Povolny manages the Digital Vaccine team at HP TippingPoint. The team is composed of security researchers and filter/signature developers for the Intrusion Prevention System.
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