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Helping Developers Understand Security - Spot the Vuln

Published: 2011-07-05
Last Updated: 2011-07-07 21:58:18 UTC
by Raul Siles (Version: 2)
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If you follow SANS Application Security blog (aka as the SANS Application Security Street Fighter blog) you know about an initiative focused on helping developers to understand security while having fun. Security challenges are a very didactic tool for this specific purpose.

The Spot the Vuln blog (by Brett Hardin & Billy Rios)  "...uses code snippets from open source applications to demonstrate vulnerabilities in real world web applications. Every Monday morning (8:00am PST) a vulnerable code snippet is posted. Take a look at the vulnerable code and try to identify where the security vulnerability is. Every Friday (8:00am PST), a solution is posted so you can check your answers. Each exercise is designed to last between 5 and 10 minutes. Do it while you drink your morning coffee and you will be on your way to writing more secure applications."

What about including these weekly challenges in your software security program, so that developers, development managers, and QA staff can test their source code analysis skills and enjoy security by solving them? This week challenge is about... Imagination.

Most challenges up to now have covered different programming languages (PHP, Java, JavaScript, ActionScript) and multiple security vulnerabilities (XSS, SQLi, LDAPi, RFI/LFI, CRLFi, redirections...).

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Raul Siles
Founder and Senior Security Analyst with Taddong
www.taddong.com

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Two DoS remotely exploitable vulnerabilities affect BIND 9: http://www.isc.org/advisories/bind Updgrade to 9.8.0-P4.

Another Gaming Company Got Hacked (Riot Games)

Published: 2011-07-05
Last Updated: 2011-07-05 07:29:07 UTC
by Raul Siles (Version: 1)
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As you already know, recently gaming companies have been the target of different attacks and compromises. It seems this time the target has been Riot Games, owners of the "League of Legends" game. Still not a lot of details are known about this breach (it seems that the North America servers were affected, and the chat system), but some information is leaking through the forums:

  • "@Riot / Ymir -- NA Servers got hacked": http://eu.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=303964
  • "Your Credit Card Information Is More Than Likely Secure ": http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=923156

Thanks Lee for the heads up.

Users can see some weird behavior when they leave the game, such as random notifications on the client (pvp.net) and messages about a group called (League of) NoS, and links to something like www.freeriotpoints... or ...leagueofNoS.com. Free riot points are the in-game currency. The websites try to install a keylogger.

The common end-user recommendations apply, such as keeping an eye on any related transactions with the account and personal data provided to the target gaming company, changing the user profile password to a new and different one (do not reuse passwords) now and once the breach is contained, in-depth cleanup if you visited the websites with the keylogger, and waiting for more details to really confirm when the breach occurred and what user information was really exposed.

Keep an eye on it as well as the other breaches of the week, where once again, personal information might be exposed: Dropbox and Apple survey server.

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Raul Siles
Founder and Senior Security Analyst with Taddong
www.taddong.com

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