Episode 320 – Security Twitter is not the real world

Josh and Kurt talk about a survey about a TuxCare patch management and vulnerability detection. Sometimes our security bubble makes us forget what it’s like in the real world for the people who keep our infrastructure running. Patching isn’t always immediate, automation doesn’t fix everything, and accepting risk is very important. Show Notes State of Enterprise Vulnerability DetectionContinue reading “Episode 320 – Security Twitter is not the real world”

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 298 – David A Wheeler discusses the OpenSSF

Josh and Kurt talk to David A. Wheeler about everything OpenSSF. The Open Source Security Foundation is part of the Linux Foundation, and there are 6 OpenSSF working groups. David does a great job explaining how the OpenSSF works and what the 6 working groups are doing. The working group are (in no particular order): Identifying Security Threats,Continue reading “Episode 298 – David A Wheeler discusses the OpenSSF”

Episode 290 – The security of the Matrix

Josh and Kurt talk about the security of the Matrix movie series. There was a new Matrix trailer that made us want to discuss some of the security themes. We talk about how the movie is very focused on computing in the 90s. How Neo probably ran Linux and they used a real ssh exploit.Continue reading “Episode 290 – The security of the Matrix”

Episode 288 – Linux Kernel compiler warnings considered dangerous

Josh and Kurt talk about some happenings in the Linux Kernel. There are some new rules around how to submit patches that goes against how GitHub works. They’re also turning all compiler warnings into errors. It’s really interesting to understand what these steps mean today, and what they could mean in the future. Show NotesContinue reading “Episode 288 – Linux Kernel compiler warnings considered dangerous”

Episode 269 – Do not experiment on the Linux Kernel

Josh and Kurt talk about the University of Minnesota experimenting on the Linux Kernel. There’s a lot to unpack in this one, but the TL;DR is you probably don’t want to experiment on the kernel. Show Notes Linux Bans University of Minnesota for Sending Buggy Patches in the Name of Research University of Minnesota securityContinue reading “Episode 269 – Do not experiment on the Linux Kernel”

Episode 215 – Real security is boring

Josh and Kurt talk about attacking open source. How serious is the threat of developers being targeted or a git repo being watched for secret security fixes? The reality of it all is there are many layers in a security journey, the most important things you can do are also the least exciting. Show NotesContinue reading “Episode 215 – Real security is boring”