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Fresh off the heals of another Linux vulnerability discovered about a month ago, another flaw has been discovered. CVE-2016-8655 is a flaw that could allow a local user to gain root access privileges to the Linux operating system. This flaw effects almost every Linux distribution that is available.
A patch was released last week, so users are encouraged to patch their Linux distributions.
I always find Linux flaws to be of particular interest. I think Linux has that inherent stigma that it’s for “techies” and you have to be super technical to get it to work. And, I think part of that is true, Linux is probably more prevalent among the “techie” users. So, it always amazes me that flaws, like the one above are found 5 years later.
If you still do your shopping in stores, there is reason to be cautious this holiday shopping season when parking your car. A device has surfaced that intercepts clones the signal sent from a key fab and allows an individual to gain access to your automobile. In some cases, it also allows the thief to start the car and drive away!
I’ve always wondered how high the risk was to intercepting signals from key fabs. Personally, I’m not very concerned because I’ve transferred the risk of loss to my insurance company. Also, I don’t drive the most desirable vehicle. Still, it’s important that we all be aware of our surroundings and these security vulnerabilities, even when we aren’t online.
IBM has announced that 40 companies around the world have signed up for its IBM Watson for Cyber Security Beta Program.
The companies will test the ability of IBM’s cognitive computing technology to help in the battle against cyber crime. The trial will include representatives of the banking, healthcare, insurance, education and other key industry sectors.
Watson for Cyber Security uses technologies such as machine learning and natural language processing, which is being trained to understand the language of security.IBM claims the combined technologies will help security analysts make better, faster decisions from vast amounts of data, including unstructured data that has been “dark” to security defenses until now.On other hand some threat intelligence experts have cautioned against the total reliance on cognitive technology could be dangerous
Intel Security is pursuing this hybrid approach and is working with a select group of customers to develop systems to enable human machine teaming to get the best of both worlds in applying cyber threat intelligence