Episode 322 – Adam Shostack on the security of Star Wars

Josh and Kurt talk to Adam Shostack about his new book “Threats: What Every Engineer Should Learn From Star Wars”. We discuss some of the lessons and threats in the Star Wars universe, it’s an old code I hear. We also discuss if Star Wars is a better than Star Trek for teaching security (it probably is). It’sContinue reading “Episode 322 – Adam Shostack on the security of Star Wars”

Episode 321 – Relativistic Security: Project Zero on 0day

Josh and Kurt talk about the Google Project Zero blog post about 0day vulnerabilities in 2021. There were a lot more than ever before, but why? Part of the challenge is the whole industry is expanding while a lot of our security technologies are not. When the universe around you is expanding but you’re stayingContinue reading “Episode 321 – Relativistic Security: Project Zero on 0day”

Episode 319 – Patch Tuesday with a capital T

Josh and Kurt talk about a lot of security vulnerabilities in this month’s Patch Tuesday. There’s also a new Git vulnerability. This sparks the age old question of how fast to patch? The answer isn’t binary, the right answer is whatever works best for you, not what someone tells you is best. Show Notes Patch Tuesday Git securityContinue reading “Episode 319 – Patch Tuesday with a capital T”

Episode 317 – The lack of compromise in security

Josh and Kurt talk about the binary nature of security. Many of our ideas are yes or no, there’s not much in the middle. The conversation ends up derailed due to a Twitter thread about pinning dependencies. This gives you an idea how contentious of a topic pinning is. The final takeaway is not toContinue reading “Episode 317 – The lack of compromise in security”

Episode 314 – The Linux Dirty Pipe vulnerability

Josh and Kurt talk about the Linux Kernel Dirty Pipe security vulnerability. This bug is an amazing combination of amazing complexity, incredible simplicity, and a little bit of luck. The discovery is amazing, the analysis is enlightening. There’s almost no way a bug like this could be found outside of open source. Show Notes DirtyContinue reading “Episode 314 – The Linux Dirty Pipe vulnerability”

Episode 300 – Apple vs NSO: What can copyright do for you?

This episode need a huge disclaimer: we got almost all of the details of this wrong, the lawsuit is based on CFAA, not on copyright. We apologize for this enormous oversight. Josh and Kurt talk about Apple suing NSO using a copyright claim as their vehicle. Copyright is often used as a reason to bring lawsuits, even whenContinue reading “Episode 300 – Apple vs NSO: What can copyright do for you?”

Episode 299 – Experts From A World That No Longer Exists

Josh and Kurt talk about an article about how expertise has a limited lifetime. We are all experts in something, but some of us will find our expert knowledge to be outdated eventually. We discuss what that means in the context of security and tech and disagree about how to best keep your skills up to date. ShowContinue reading “Episode 299 – Experts From A World That No Longer Exists”

Episode 296 – Is Trojan Source a vulnerability?

Josh and Kurt talk about the new Trojan Source bug. We don’t always agree on if this is a vulnerability (it’s not), but by the end we come to an agreement that ASCII is out, Unicode is in. We don’t live in a world where you can make a realistic suggestion to return to using only ASCII. ThereContinue reading “Episode 296 – Is Trojan Source a vulnerability?”