What the lottery and security have in common

If you live in the US you can’t escape the news about the Powerball lottery. The jackpot has grown to $1.3 Billion (with a capital B). Everyone is buying tickets and talking about what they’ll do when they win enough money to ruin their life. This made me realize the unfortunate truth about security weContinue reading “What the lottery and security have in common”

A security analogy that works

Over the holiday break I spent a lot of time reading and thinking about what the security problem really is. It’s really hard to describe, no analogies work, and things just seem to keep getting worse. Until now! Maybe. Well, things will probably keep getting worse, but I think I’ve found a way to describeContinue reading “A security analogy that works”

Security reminds me of the gym on January 2

If you have any sort of gym membership you dread the month of January. Every year, there are countless people who make a resolution to get in shape, so the gym is flooded with people for much of January. I’m in favor of everyone staying in shape and having a gym membership, my point isn’tContinue reading “Security reminds me of the gym on January 2”

Security is the new paperless office!

If you’re old enough, you remember reading a lot about the coming “paperless office”. It never came, but I realized there are parallels we can draw in the context of our current security problems. Back in the 90’s, everyone wanted a paperless office. It sounded neat and with the future coming, who would need paperContinue reading “Security is the new paperless office!”

Security lacks patience

I had a meeting with some non security people to discuss some of the challenges around security. It’s a rather popular topic these days but nobody knows what that means (remember 5 years ago when everyone talked about cloud but nobody knew what that meant?). The details are irrelevant, the most important thing that cameContinue reading “Security lacks patience”

Where is the physical trust boundary?

There’s a story of a toothbrush security advisory making the rounds. This advisory is pretty funny but it matters. The actual issue with the toothbrush isn’t a huge deal, an attacker isn’t going to do anything exciting with the problems. The interesting issue here is we’re at the start of many problems like this we’re goingContinue reading “Where is the physical trust boundary?”

If your outcome is perfect or nothing, nothing always wins

This tweethttps://twitter.com/RichFelker/status/666325066838339584 Led to this threadhttp://marc.info/?t=144778171800001&r=1&w=2 The short version is there are some developers from Red Hat working on gcc attempting to prevent ROP style attacks. More than one person has accused this work of being pointless and a waste of time. It’s not, the waste of time is arguing about why trying new thingsContinue reading “If your outcome is perfect or nothing, nothing always wins”

Your containers were built in some guy’s barn!

Today containers are a bit like how cars used to work a long long long time ago. You couldn’t really buy a car, you had to build it yourself or find someone who could build one for you in their barn. The parts were terrible and things would break all the time. It probably ranContinue reading “Your containers were built in some guy’s barn!”

Is the Linux ransomware the first of many?

If you pay any attention to the news, no doubt the story of the Linux ransomware that’s making the rounds. There has been much said about the technical merits of this, but there are two things I keep wondering. Is this a singular incident, or the first of many? You could argue this either way. It mightContinue reading “Is the Linux ransomware the first of many?”