Category Archives: AppSec Spotlight

Bash 2014 – This Is Not a Party


September 25, 2014 By
Ryan Berg
bash

I can honestly say that although referred to by the media as Shellshocked, I am neither shocked nor awed. I can’t say that I am a fan of the latest glorification of bugs like Heartbleed and Shellshock in a fashion similar to tropical storms, but if it gets more people to pay attention to the exponential growth of our reliance on software I can’t say I am too worked up about it either. One thing that is unarguable is that this just happens to be the latest (and if you are reading this before you have patched stop right now, patch, and then come back to finish).

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What Happened Sept 16th?


September 23, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
OWASP Board

We led an invasion last week armed with a flying drone, glowing lightsabers, and the latest knowledge on open source security vulnerabilities. Our mission? Lead, share, educate, moderate, and have some fun. Our coordinates? This year’s AppSecUSA 2014 event in Denver, Colorado. If you were there, you couldn’t miss us. If you weren’t there, don’t fret…they caught the entire thing on video.

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Skeleton Key


September 19, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Skeleton Key

A skeleton key is capable of opening any lock regardless of make or type. Do you know anyone who has one? I do. Lots of them. At the HP Protect conference last week in Washington DC, the theme of their conference was “think like a bad guy”. They introduced us to known hackers, their approaches to infiltrating organizations, and the trends in their behaviors. They also introduced us to the people who hunted down the hackers and successfully captured them.

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11,000 Voices


September 16, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Appsec Panel

This week, I will be attending AppSec USA in Denver with the rest of our Sonatype crew. While it will be my first time attending the event, I am really excited to be leading a panel discussion at the event this Thursday. If you will be at the event, please come by the session or the Sonatype booth (G10) and say hello. So what’s the panel discussion about?

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Time for Full Open Source Disclosure


September 12, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Gartner Full Disclosure

We are not the first industry to face this challenge. But many are convinced our problem is much smaller than it really is or that it does not exist. They simply ignore it. Or choose to do nothing about it. Meanwhile, the problem is multiplying like rabbits. The challenge lies within our software. Within the quality of its supply chain, within our collective ability to maintain its health, and within our ability to establish easy (yes, I said easy) paths to ban rampant, yet avoidable risks.

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Integrating with SonarQube


August 27, 2014 By
Brian Fox
sonar

Customers using CLM want to surface known security vulnerabilities and license risk in the same place developers or executives already go to assess the overall quality of their application. To support this growing interest from our customers, we are introducing our next important milestone: Sonatype CLM’s integration with SonarQube.

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Never a More Interesting Time


August 26, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
RANT

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…”, penned Charles Dickens in 1859’s A Tale of Two Cities.

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Hear no Evil, See no Evil, Deploy no Evil


August 20, 2014 By
David Jones
Software Testing

I was going to start off listing a series of what I think are easy questions that I reckon everyone in technology should be able to answer even if they are not or have never been involved with writing software. I gave this some serious thought and decided (perhaps a little arbitrarily) that, actually, I’m really only interested in one single question for now and that is ‘should software be tested’?

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Part 3 – [ ________ ] is the Best Policy


August 18, 2014 By
David Jones
OSS_policies

In part 1 and part 2 of the ‘[ ________ ] is the Best Policy’ series, we looked at how open source policies can quite often lead to the wrong type of behavior in an organization. As we saw, 41% of development professionals stated they are generally looking for the path of least resistance when it comes to compliance with policies — many of whom will put a non-trivial amount of effort into working such policies.

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“Wait! Wait! Don’t pwn me!” from Black Hat 2014


August 14, 2014 By
Mark Miller
Wait Wait, Don't Pwn Me! -BlackHat-2014

At the Black Hat 2014 Conference in Las Vegas, Mark Miller, Community Advocate for Nexus, and Executive Producer of the OWASP 24/7 Podcast Series, presented the third installment of the OWASP security news quizz, “Wait, Wait! Don’t Pwn Me!”. Play along and see how many news stories you can identify for the month of August […]

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