Episode 330 – The sliding scale of risk: seeing the forest for the trees

Josh and Kurt talk about the challenge of dealing with vulnerabilities at a large scale. We tend to treat every vulnerability equally when they are not equal at all. Some are trees we have to pay very close attention to, and some are part of a larger forest that can’t be treated as individual vulnerabilities.Continue reading “Episode 330 – The sliding scale of risk: seeing the forest for the trees”

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 318 – Social engineering and why zlib got a 2018 CVE ID

Josh and Kurt talk about hackers using emergency data requests to gain access to sensitive data. The argument that somehow backdoors can be protected falls under this problem. We don’t yet have the technical or policy protections in place to actually protect this data. We also explain why this zlib issue got a 2018 CVE ID in 2022.Continue reading “Episode 318 – Social engineering and why zlib got a 2018 CVE ID”

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 307 – Got vulnerabilities? Introducing GSD

Josh and Kurt talk about the Global Security Database (GSD) project. This is a Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) effort to build community around vulnerability identifiers. Show Notes We rate dogs Racoons that heal your sadness Global Security Database Episode 261 – DWF is back! Welcome to community powered CVE GSD mailing list GSD Circle group GSD Database GSDContinue reading “Episode 307 – Got vulnerabilities? Introducing GSD”

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 292 – Apache RCE and Twitch epic pwn

Josh and Kurt talk about the recent Twitch hack and how in the modern age leaking source code almost certainly doesn’t matter. The leaked data however is a big deal. We also discuss a recent Apache httpd update. Some things went right, some things went wrong. Dealing with vulnerabilities is hard. Show Notes Parasocial RelationshipContinue reading “Episode 292 – Apache RCE and Twitch epic pwn”

Episode 291 – Everyone sucks at vulnerability disclosure

Josh and Kurt talk about recent events around Apple and Microsoft disclosing security vulnerabilities. Microsoft usually does a good job, but Apple has a long history of not having a great bug bounty or vulnerability disclosure policy. None of this is simple, but hopefully you’ll have some fun and learn a bit about the wholeContinue reading “Episode 291 – Everyone sucks at vulnerability disclosure”

Episode 289 – Who left this 0day on the floor?

Josh and Kurt talk about an unusual number of really bad security updates. We even recorded this before the Azure OMIGOD vulnerability was disclosed. It’s certainly been a wild week with Apple and Chrome 0days, and a Travis CI secret leak. Maybe this is the new normal. Show Notes Matrix 4 trailer Travis CI issueContinue reading “Episode 289 – Who left this 0day on the floor?”