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Welcome to the Coalfire Blog, a resource covering the most important issues in IT security and compliance. You'll also find information on Coalfire's insights into the unique cybersecurity issues that impact the industries we serve, including Cloud Service Providers, RetailFinancial Services, Healthcare, Higher Education, Payments, Government, Restaurants, and Utilities.

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  • On Padding Oracle Attacks

    March 22, 2018, John Stickle, Security Consultant, Coalfire

    Poodle is a vulnerability found in late 2014, and it is still occasionally seen during penetration tests. The vulnerability allows an attacker with a man-in-the-middle position to downgrade a secure connection between a client and a server to the vulnerable SSLv3. After the connection is downgraded, the attacker can proceed to perform the padding oracle attack, recover known plaintext, and decrypt the ciphertext.

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  • Takeaways from GAM 2018: Internal Audit Embraces Cybersecurity

    March 21, 2018, Nick Son, Vice President, Cyber Risk Services, Coalfire

    Last week, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) held its 2018 Global Audit Management Conference at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas. With over 1,700 attendees, this was the most well-attended event in the history of the conference. Coalfire was one of the sponsors, and we were delighted to meet with so many forward-thinking audit executives and practitioners.

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  • Icebreaker: Chip Away at Active Directory Passwords, Automatically

    March 16, 2018, Dan McInerney, Senior Security Consultant, Coalfire

    To break the ice with Active Directory and shorten the cycles penetration testers spend on cracking passwords, I developed Icebreaker, a tool that automates network attacks against Active Directory and provides plaintext credentials. Icebreaker performs five network attacks in order...

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  • The Effect of NIST 800-171A on Government Contractors

    March 13, 2018, Mali Yared, Director, Cyber Risk Advisory, Coalfire

    NIST 800-171A has been widely discussed in our industry, and NIST has promised to release it sometime in 2018. It introduces a standardized opportunity to perform a more structured and granular level of assessment leveraging the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171 framework.

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  • Managing Your Vulnerabilities, FedRAMP Style

    March 12, 2018, Dana Scaffido, Senior Consultant, Cyber Engineering, Coalfire

    As a member of Coalfire’s Cyber Engineering team, I frequently get questions about vulnerability Deviation Requests (DRs) from Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) seeking Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorizations. In this post, I’ll try to answer questions we frequently encounter about Deviation Requests and provide some useful resource links.

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