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  • The Spectre of Chips on Meltdown

    January 05, 2018, Victor Teissler, Security Consultant, Coalfire

    The news is rife with emerging details of Intel and other chip vulnerabilities and the hardware bugs that can potentially exploit them. While details are still developing and will likely continue to be uncovered in the days, weeks, and even months ahead, we will explore what is known to date.

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  • POODLE vulnerability assessment

    October 15, 2014, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    Vulnerability Summary: The POODLE vulnerability is due to a bug in SSL protocol, whereas Heartbleed and Shellshock were vulnerability due to a bug in software.  Heartbleed and Shellshock were confined to systems that ran vulnerable versions of software, whereas POODLE affects any system running any software that implements SSL 3.0, which is a widely implemented protocol used to provide encrypted network transmissions.  This is an “industry-wide” vulnerability.  Of Heartbleed and Shellshock, POODLE is most similar to Heartbleed as both Heartbleed and POODLE exploit vulnerabilities having to do with SSL. 

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  • Heartbleed – When Will the Next Shoe Drop?

    April 22, 2014, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    Last week, while I was in the offices of one of our customers, a long-present but little-known vulnerability in OpenSSL became public knowledge. Our client detected it early and made the necessary patches and updates. The systems deployed by their customers are now secure. Consumers will change their passwords and credentials stolen prior to the Heartbleed fixes will be worthless. Read more
  • Heartbleed Vulnerability Bug: What You Need to Know

    April 10, 2014, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    The widely publicized heartbleed bug (http://heartbleed.com/) may be impacting as many as 500,000 systems across the Internet.  Heartbleed is the name of a vulnerability in the OpenSSL program that powers encrypted communication to many of the world's web sites and private networks.  Below you will find out who is affected, what the workarounds are and how Coalfire can help.

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