Kubernetes Clusters, Microsoft Solarigate, & Apple’s Security DIY – ASW #135
Microsoft purges malicious SolarWinds presence and highlights a threat model around their source code, the tl;drsec crew provides a hardening guide for Kubernetes, Apples provides a user guide for hardening accounts, Firefox provides a new storage system to defeat side channel abuse.
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- 1. Microsoft Internal Solorigate Investigation Update - Microsoft searches for supply chain fallout from SolarWinds, cleans out malicious binaries, and finds a compromised account accessed source code -- but their threat models already considered an attacker's knowledge of source. Plus, with the ability to reverse engineer binary security patches, how important is source code anyway?
- 2. Risk8s Business: Risk Analysis of Kubernetes Clusters - Even if you're not maintaining your own Kubernetes clusters, this is a good example of building up a threat model to assess the risk of a system and take steps towards hardening it against attacks and misconfigurations.
- 3. Apple: Here’s how to secure an iPhone or Apple ID ‘when personal safety is at risk’ - Apple describes threats to iPhones and Apple IDs for different populations of users in a way that sets aside security jargon and focuses on how to help users make informed decisions. You can download the manual directly from https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1976/en_US/device-and-data-access-when-personal-safety-is-at-risk.pdf
- 4. Firefox to ship ‘network partitioning’ as a new anti-tracking defense - Firefox takes a security-by-design approach to address the abuse of side channels in browsers, from timing attacks to cache hits. You can read more about Client-Side Storage Partitioning at https://github.com/privacycg/storage-partitioning
- 5. 3 Metrics That Will Indicate We’re Taking Security Seriously - While these aren't intended to be prescriptive metrics, the underlying discussion is a step towards the distinction between "What are the consequences of insecure software" and "What ought to be the consequences".
- 6. Python is dead. Long live Python! - We covered this one year ago on episode 90. So...is Python 2 still part of your CI/CD pipeline? Is it in use in production systems? Did you migrate off it using a process that you'll be able to repeat for the next end-of-life software component?
- 7. 6 Security Team Goals for DevSecOps in 2020 - We covered this one year ago on episode 90. So...did you make any progress towards these goals? What's left to do? What do you still want to improve on?