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Thursday, June 20, 2013

FDA Safety Communication for Medical Devices

By Gunter Ollmann  @gollmann

The US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) released an important safety communication targeted at medical device manufacturers, hospitals, medical device user facilities, health care IT and procurements staff, along with biomedical engineers in which they warn of risk of failure due to cyberattack - such as through malware or unauthorized access to configuration settings in medical devices and hospital networks.

Have you ever been to view a much anticipated movie based upon an exciting book you happened to have read when you were younger, only to be sorely disappointed by what the director finally pulled together on the big screen? Well that’s how I feel when I read this newest alert from the FDA. Actually it's not even called an alert… it's a "Safety Communication"… it's analogous to Peter Jackson deciding that his own interpretation of JRR Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' wasn't really worthy of the title so to forestall criticism he named the movie 'Some Dwarves and a Hobbit do Stuff'.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Red Team Testing: Debunking Myths and Setting Expectations

By Ian Amit @iiamit


The term "cyber" seems to be overused in every corner of the information security industry. Now there is a new buzz phrase in computer security, "red team engagements.” Supposedly (to get "cyber" on you), you can have a red team test, and it will help move your organization in the correct “cyber direction.”

But what is red team testing really? And what is it not? In this post I’ll try to make some sense of this potent term.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tools of the Trade – Incident Response, Part 1: Log Analysis

By Wim Remes @wimremes

There was a time when I imagined I was James Bond zip lining into a compromised environment, equipped with all kinds of top-secret tools. I would wave my hands over the boxes needing investigation, use my forensics glasses to extract all malware samples, and beam them over to Miss Moneypenny (or “Q” for APT concerns) for analysis. I would produce the report from my top-notch armpit laser printer in minutes. I was a hero.

As wonderful as it sounds, this doesn’t ever happen in real life. Instead of sporting a classy tuxedo, we are usually knee deep in data… often without boots! I have recently given a few presentations(1) on Incident Response (IR). The question I am most often asked concerns the tool chain that would enable an individual or a team to perform the basic actions one would expect from an Incident Responder.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Industrial Device Firmware Can Reveal FTP Treasures!


By Sofiane Talmat @_Sud0

Security professionals are becoming more aware of backdoors, security bugs, certificates, and similar bugs within ICS device firmware. I want to highlight another bug that is common in the firmware for critical industrial devices: the remote access provided by some vendors between their devices and ftp servers for troubleshooting or testing. In many cases this remote access could allow an attacker to compromise the device itself, the company the device belongs to, or even the entire vendor organization.

I discovered this vulnerability while tracking connectivity test functions within the firmware for an industrial device gateway. During my research I landed on a script with ftp server information that is transmitted in the clear: