Apparently, three million Internet-connected toothbrushes were recently compromised and used to launch a DDoS attack. This is being widely reported across multiple news (and “news”) sources and it’s been a hot topic on various social media platforms for a day or so. It’s mad, right? But there’s just one problem. It’s not true. There are… Continue reading 3 Million Internet Toothbrushes, Oh My!
(AKA, “Alan Is Running Out Of Ideas For Post Titles.”) A quick recap. In Part 1 we looked at why keeping your personal authentication credentials safe is important. In Part 2 we explored how passwords are increasingly becoming unfit for purpose. In Part 3 we had a brief segue into why people inherently struggle with… Continue reading Password, Smashword
The fourth in an occasional series. If you’re new here I’d recommend starting with Part 1 and working through. It’s not that long, I promise. In my preamble to Part 3 I posited that: “Whatever we come up with the solution is likely to be a password plus [something else] because, realistically, passwords aren’t going… Continue reading Old McDonald Had a Password, M, F, M, F, A.
I genuinely despise trade shows. Over excitable sales people who understand the product or service they are trying to sell, but not the problem it’s hopeing to solve. The “nobody wins” exchange of you giving your permission to be marketed to and suffering a 2 minute elevator pitch for a product you have no intention… Continue reading A little bullshit-free island in a sea of blinky boxes & tight jeans with brown shoes
In Part 1 and Part 2 of this little series we discussed why passwords are simultaneously both critical and pointless. “Schrodinger’s Password,” if you will. Which is all well and good but, now what do we do? Whatever we come up with the solution is likely to be a password plus [something else] because, realistically,… Continue reading What Is It With You And Passwords Anyway?
Following on from Part One Predicting the future is Hard. Bill Gates once apocryphally stated that “640k should be enough for everyone” (spoiler: he almost certainly never said that). One thing he definitely did say however, at an RSA Security conference in San Francisco way back in 2004, was that passwords “don’t meet the challenge… Continue reading Why Your Password Isn’t Important
Recently, a colleague employed by a software company asked me a question. A client of theirs has requested that they amend their software to allow them to set all their users with a single identical password that the users can’t change. He asked me, “isn’t this a bad idea, and is it even legal?” Let’s… Continue reading Why Your Password Is Important.
I hate almost everything about phishing tests and I think in most cases they are counter productive. This may seem like an odd statement from such a big advocate of “You can’t improve what you don’t measure” especially as I don’t hate the tests themselves, but I do hate why and when most people do… Continue reading You do phishing tests? Why?
This blog post has changed tack a few times in the last two days. It started to document my attempts to replicate a relevant and actively exploited vulnerability in a piece of software I know well and ended up a rant against vendors clamouring for attention without really caring about the impact inaccurate intel can… Continue reading Plex SSDP used in DDoS – Why poor intel in advisories does more than make researchers look bad
On Friday, F5 reported an unauthenticated remote code execution vulnerability (along with a second slightly less serious XSS bug that could also result in RCE) in the Traffic Management User Interface of their flagship Big-IP Load Balancer products (though it seems in-support customers got a heads-up on Wednesday) and they were so bad that US… Continue reading CVE-2020-5902- F5 Big-IP Vulnerability – Why we’re always fixing the symptoms not the cause