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OpenSSL Fixes Flaws That Could Lead to Server Takedowns

Data Breach Today

System Administrators Advised to Update to Latest Version That Addresses 2 Vulnerabilities Users of the OpenSSL crypto library should upgrade immediately to the latest version to eliminate serious flaws that attackers could exploit to shut down servers, some security experts warn.

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How NC State University transitioned to and from crisis mode

Jamf

In this JNUC 2021 session, Joey Jenkins, Lead Systems Administrator, NC State University Libraries, and Everette Allen, Office of Information Technology, NC State University, discuss the challenges of the transition, their Jamf-assisted solutions and the lessons they’re taking into the future.

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XMR crypto miner switches from arm IoT devices to X86/I686 Intel servers

Security Affairs

. “The malware is uploaded as gzip compressed tarball archives of binaries, scripts, and libraries. The libraries reside under the directory c/lib I thought it would be required to run the binaries in the tarball , but the binaries are compiled statically, so the libraries are extraneous.” ” wrote Cashdollar.

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RSAC insights: Software tampering escalates as bad actors take advantage of ‘dependency confusion’

The Last Watchdog

Log4J, aka Log4Shell, refers to a gaping vulnerability that exists in an open-source logging library that’s deeply embedded within servers and applications all across the public Internet. Its function is to record events in a log for a system administrator to review and act upon.

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Log4J: What You Need to Know

Adam Levin

. “Log4j is so prevalent – utilized by millions of third-party enterprise applications, cloud services and manufacturers, including Apple, Twitter and Tesla – that security teams may have difficulties pinpointing where the library is actually being used,” observed cybersecurity firm Duo Security.

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MY TAKE: Memory hacking arises as a go-to tactic to carry out deep, persistent incursions

The Last Watchdog

For instance, major vulnerability was discovered lurking in the GNU C Library, or GLIBC, an open source component that runs deep inside of Linux operating systems used widely in enterprise settings. These are issues that are coming into play in all other major OSs, as well as at the processing chip level of computer hardware.

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MY TAKE: Log4j’s big lesson – legacy tools, new tech are both needed to secure modern networks

The Last Watchdog

These were all obscure open-source components that, over time, became deeply embedded in enterprise systems across the breadth of the Internet, only to have a gaping vulnerability discovered in them late in the game. Log4j, for instance, is a ubiquitous logging library.

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