It was my first time attending a networking event, and I found the ISACA networking event to be really interesting. I was glad to meet several senior IT auditors and know their perspective about auditing. I got a chance to understand some everyday audit situations and also critical skills that employers look for in an auditor. I also got a chance to interact with Prof Thu, outside class. Although I did not talk a lot about cyber security topics, I had some interesting general conversations.
Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a critical vulnerability in widely used SQLite database software that exposes billions of deployments to hackers.
Dubbed as ‘Magellan‘ by Tencent’s Blade security team, the newly discovered SQLite flaw could allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary or malicious code on affected devices, leak program memory or crash applications.
Since Chromium-based web browsers—including Google Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi, and Brave—also support SQLite through the deprecated Web SQL database API, a remote attacker can easily target users of affected browsers just by convincing them into visiting a specially crafted web-page.
Since SQLite is used by everybody including Adobe, Apple, Dropbox, Firefox, Android, Chrome, Microsoft and a bunch of other software, the Magellan vulnerability is a noteworthy issue, even if it’s not yet been exploited in the wild.
Users and administrators are highly recommended to update their systems and affected software versions to the latest release as soon as they become available.
US Postal Service Left 60 Million Users Data Exposed For Over a Year
– Swati Khandelwal
News just came out that United States Postal Service has patched a critical security vulnerability that exposed the data of more than 60 million customers to anyone who has an account at the USPS.com website.
The vulnerability was tied to an authentication weakness in an application programming interface(API). According to the cybersecurity researcher, who has not disclosed his identity, the API was programmed to accept any number of “wildcard” search parameters, enabling anyone logged in to usps.com to query the system for account details belonging to any other user.
The vulnerability was reported almost a year ago and it took outside intervention to address this serious vulnerability. As of now there is no evidence to support that this vulnerability was taken advantage of.