Software Assurance

"Critical" Microsoft security bugs at lowest level since 2005

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Microsoft officials credit more robust software security design with a diminished number of bugs garnering the tech giant's most severe rating.

Lessons of the Sony PlayStation hack

Lessons of the Sony PlayStation hack

Software flaws provide the attack vector of many of today's largest breaches, and organizations must work to rectify those weaknesses.

LulzSec sailing off will not curb number of breaches

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Security professionals should find little comfort in the announcement over the weekend that LulzSec was folding up shop following an unprecedented, two-month-long hacking spree that left a trail of disruption and embarrassment across multiple industries.

SAFECode updates secure development guide

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The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode), a nonprofit seeking to advance software assurance, released on Tuesday an updated guidance document outlining the most effective secure development practices in use today. The free report builds upon the first edition by including verification methods and tools that can be used to confirm whether development teams have followed prescribed practices. The report is intended to help organizations initiate or improve their own software security programs and encourage industry adoption of secure development methods. - AM

Software assurance has reached a crisis point

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Much of the software that the U.S. government is running can be successfully exploited, said Dan Shoemaker, professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, at SC World Congress last week.

Cisco releases 12 bug fixes

As part of its twice yearly cycle of advisories, Cisco on Wednesday issued six advisories covering various components of its switches and routers. The fixes include vulnerabilities in Cisco voice products, as well as denial-of-service holes in Cisco IOS and IOS XE software, which can be exploited remotely without authentication and without end-user interaction. Cisco said that an attacker could possibly leverage some of these vulnerabilities to crash its router. The company's next update is scheduled for March 23. - GM

Software flaws, delayed patching reign so far this year

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2010 is on pace to become a record-setting year for software vulnerabilities, and third-party applications that are not properly patched are a major blame, according to a new Secunia report.

SAFECode releases software integrity guidance

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The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode), a nonprofit seeking to advance software assurance, on Monday released a new report that offers recommendations for avoiding vulnerabilities in the software development process. The free report, titled "An Overview of Software Integrity Controls: An Assurance-based Approach to Minimizing Risks in the Software Supply Chain," provides best practices areas such as contract agreements with suppliers, source code repositories and confirming received goods are not counterfeit. The report complements SAFECode's integrity framework. — DK

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