Sec-1 Confirmed as CREST ‘Cyber Essentials’ Certifying Body

We are pleased to announce that Sec-1 is certified by CREST to provide services under the “Cyber Essentials” scheme, a government-backed, industry supported initiative to help organisations protect themselves against common cyber attacks.

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Apache Struts vulnerability – use AppCheck NG to discover if you are affected.

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Background

Apache Struts 2 is an open-source web application framework for developing Java EE web applications. It uses and extends the Java Servlet API to encourage developers to adopt a model–view–controller (MVC) architecture.

On April 24th the Apache Struts project released an advisory for a remote code execution vulnerability affecting all versions of Struts between 2.0.0 and 2.3.16.1. Struts 2.3.16.2 (the latest release) is not vulnerable.

http://struts.apache.org/announce.html

What does the flaw allow the attacker to achieve?

The vulnerability allows the attacker to gain remote code execution on the affected server, effectively providing the attacker with an interactive command shell which can be used to pivot onto corporate networks from externally facing webservers.
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AppCheck NG updated to discover Critical OpenSSL bug “Heartbleed”

UPDATE (11/04/2014):  Proof of Concept exploit module added to Appcheck NG: Screenshot

On 7th April 2014 a group of security researchers disclosed a critical security flaw in the popular cryptographic software library OpenSSL.

The Heartbleed Bug allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet.

OpenSSL is the most popular open source library for providing encrypted SSL communications on the Internet and therefore there is a high chance that this flaw will affect your network and applications.

The Sec-1 AppCheck NG Web Application and Infrastructure vulnerability scanner has already been updated with a plugin to detect the flaw.

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Insider Security Threats: Reducing The Risks

A high-profile news article published last week brought the risk of insider threats from current or disgruntled employees to reality. A high profile retailer suffered the loss of thousands of employee data records at the hands of an employee who has since been arrested.

This real life example and the exposure of this attack has propelled this type of threat to the forefront with a recent study by Sec-1 partner, Imperva, identifying that 70% of employees admit to accessing data which they shouldn’t.

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ShareCheck Windows Enumeration Tool v2.0

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The Sec-1 ShareCheck tool was designed for use during penetration tests against Microsoft Windows based networks. The aim of ShareCheck is to quickly identify configuration vulnerabilities that could be exploited to gain unauthorised access to systems and data without using aggressive exploit techniques.

ShareCheck helps identify the following vulnerabilities:
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Time For Better Web App Security As SQL & XSS Threats Surge

A recent report revealed a 32% increase in cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injection attacks on the web-facing and cloud applications that carry sensitive information about organisations and their customers.

Advances in technology and ever-increasing knowledge around these attack techniques mean that this is set to increase. In light of this, organisations should brace themselves for a spate of activity.

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