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Application isolation and virtualization provide a false sense of cybersecurity

A recently discovered critical vulnerability presents yet another case study for the shortcomings of the isolation/virtual machine model for cybersecurity. The vulnerability, CVE-2019-14378, has a severity of 8.8, and was first published in the National Vulnerability Database on July 29th, 2019. The vulnerability affects QEMU, the popular open source machine emulator and virtualizer. Short for…
Executive Insight, Opinion

Application isolation and virtualization provide a false sense of cybersecurity – It’s time for a better solution

A recently discovered critical vulnerability presents yet another case study for the shortcomings of the isolation/virtual machine model for cybersecurity. The vulnerability, CVE-2019-14378, has a severity of 8.8, and was first published in the National Vulnerability Database on July 29th, 2019. The vulnerability affects QEMU, the popular open source machine emulator and virtualizer. Short for…
VMware advisory warns users to patch critical issue in product
Security News, Vulnerabilities

VMware patches five security vulnerabilities

VMware pushed out security updates covering five vulnerabilities that if exploited could lead to information disclosure or a denial of service situation. The important-rated vulnerabilities are CVE-2019-5540, CVE-2019-5541 and CVE-2019-5542 and impact VMware Workstation Pro / Player and VMware Fusion Pro/Fusion. CVE-2019-5541 covers an out-of-bounds write vulnerability in e1000e virtual network adapter that could lead…
Cybercrime, Ransomware, Security News

Attackers’ use of virtual machine to hide ransomware is a first, say researchers

Virtual machines are an important tool for threat analysts as they debug and investigate malware. But now there is a documented case of malicious cyber actors exploiting a VM to their advantage in an attempt to hide a Ragnar Locker ransomware attack. Researchers at Sophos, who uncovered the technique, claim that such trickery is a…
VMware advisory warns users to patch critical issue in product
Network Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

VMware squashes critical code execution bug in hypervisors

VMware has updated its Workstation hosted hypervisor and Fusion software hypervisor, fixing a critical vulnerability that could be exploited to trigger arbitrary code execution or a denial of service condition. The virtualization and cloud computing software provider company also fixed two important privilege escalation flaws spread out between four of its products. Designated CVE-2020-3947, the most critical…
Product Review

Tripwire Enterprise 8.7

Tripwire Enterprise ensures system availability and speeds up investigations through integrity monitoring that uses both agent and agentless methods to discover changes in real time before they become breaches and find the root cause of a compromise if a breach occurs. While the solution can be deployed physically, virtually on-premises or in the cloud, ultimately…
Network Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Cisco security advisories address 47 flaws, three critical

Cisco Systems on Wednesday, June 3 released a series of security advisories addressing a total of 47 vulnerabilities, including three critical bugs that were found and fixed in IOS or IOS EX software. Among the most series flaws is a privilege escalation vulnerability in the authorization controls of the IOx application hosting infrastructure in Cisco IOS XE…
Executive Insight, Opinion

Marrying VDI and security: Choose the right tools, not more tools

Virtualization has long been perceived as the holy grail of business agility, simplified management, return on investment, and even security. While the benefits of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) are undeniable, the security aspect is, unfortunately, a myth. The security aspect of VDI is not only misunderstood, it is also often perceived as a drag on…
Features, Security News

Follow the cybersecurity money

Venture capitalists have poured money into cybersecurity in recent years – their investments offer a glimpse at what products, solutions and startups are on the horizon.  Lee Sustar reports. For anyone who’s made it through the twin expo floors at the annual RSA Conference – past the big-name vendors with magicians, fast-talking comedians, flashy free…
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