Friday, April 25, 2008

Still not Hacker Safe, roll the video

Accuse me of beating a dead horse, but this really ticks me off. While preparing content for my monthly column, as well as presentation content for the ISSA NW Regional Security Conference, I found yet another bunch of McAfee Hacker Safe branded sites that are completely vulnerable to cross-site scripting (XSS), as well as other issues. The video I took points out only reflected, non-persistent sites were harmed in the making of the video, and all sites have been advised. Nonetheless, let me make my point yet one more time.
1) Sites that are vulnerable to XSS are not PCI compliant. All of the sites in this video take CC payments and store customer information.
2) The sites in this video have been vulnerable for months. Additionally, some have been advised multiple times and have simply ignored my notices. Their McAfee Hacker Safe branding is active and has not been removed at any time.
3) The McAfee Hacker Safe service claims XSS as part of its vulnerability checks; sites that are vulnerable to it should not be showing the McAfee Hacker Safe label in perpetuity.

Please join me in protest by adding a comment to my open letter to Ken Leonard, CEO of Scan Alert. Send them email, ask the sites to fix the issues.
Unknowing consumers deserve far more than false claims of security and empty assurances designed to grow McAfee/ScanAlert revenues.
As I am not the only person greatly concerned over this issue, please visit Rafal Los' fine blog for additional findings.
Enjoy the video. | digg

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Spot the Fed or Spot the Pony - CIA XSS

I can't resist. Giorgio Maone posted this here, having seen it on the Wired blog.
The repros say it all, and mind you, this "opportunity" has been public for days, yet the CIA hasn't fixed or disabled it. As Wired alluded, methinks the Cyber Security 'Manhattan Project' hasn't quite reached fruition yet.
For you fans of the "alqa-ida pony club" go here, but if you'd prefer to read about wunderkind Chertoff's latest spew try this. Both execute in the context of Sad, to say the least. Hopefully, these won't work much longer.
Screenshots if you'd prefer. | digg

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Packet heads and malware hunters rejoice

A couple of projects have recently emerged from development that are well worthy of adding to your feed readers.
Matt Jonkman at Emerging Threats pointed out, "a web site whose mission is to provide a centralized repository of network traffic traces for researchers, analysts, and other members of the digital security community." And traces they have...all the yummy pcap goodness you could ever hope for in the Capture Repository. This is a gloden opportunity to correlate attack trends to what you may be seeing on your networks, ro take the time to analyze captures you may not otherwise see, thus tuning your packet analysis skills. It goes without saying that was conceived by Richard Bejtlich.
The other site of immediate interest to bug hunters is the SRI Malware Threat Center. The press release is here, but the premise is this: "SRI's Malware Threat Center posts daily updates of firewall filters, malware-related domain name system (DNS) names, antivirus statistics, intrusion detection system (IDS) signatures, and malware binary data to help network administrators understand current and emerging computer security threats and provide key network defense information that can be configured into security products to help network administrators fend off the latest malware threats."
The data is drawn from the Cyber-TA Honeynet Project and is extremely useful.
Enjoy! | digg

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Site issues

Just as an FYI, my primary site,, is suffering from server RAID card issues. My ISP is migrating my content to new hardware, so we should be back within 24 hours. Thanks for your patience.
UPDATE 4/5/08: We're back, a painful migration to new hardware, but complete, and fully functional. Thanks again for your patience.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Scan Alert's Hacker Safe now obsolete

The industry has spoken, and McAfee Hacker Safe branding is now obsolete! Everyone can be PCI certified at no cost, with no effort. It's as easy as this:

Now everyone can take credit cards to the satisfaction of PCI DSS.
I'm so excited! Thanks to Jeremiah for pointing out
Internet commerce is now safe for everyone. Priceless. | digg

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