If you use any type of mobile device in your day to day life….keep reading. Ignorance can only bring you so far!
Two separate studies of mobile devices have found serious privacy and security issues. One of the studies found that smartphones and tablet PCs can be eavesdropped on when they are being used to make purchases, conduct online banking transactions, or access VPNs (virtual private networks). Another study uncovered a number of ways to break into Apple’s iOS, its operating system for mobile devices. It is likely that cyber criminals will increasingly turn to mobile devices in their attacks as the devices become more and more commonplace in business transactions.
- New security flaws detected in mobile devices (usatoday.com)
- ThreatMetrix Releases Data on Mobile Device Transactions: Will Android Beat iOS on “Mobile Monday”? (prweb.com)
- Online Banking Trends (ally.com)
NGS Secure has discovered a high risk vulnerabilities in the McAfee Email and Web Security Appliance
All versions prior to 5.5 Patch 6, Email and Web Security 5.6 Patch 3, McAfee Email Gateway 7.0 Patch 1
- Reflective XSS allowing an attacker to gain session tokens
- Session hijacking and bypassing client-side session timeouts
- Any logged-in user can bypass controls to reset passwords of other administrators
- Active sesssion tokens of other users are disclosed within the UI
- Password hashes can be recovered from a system backup and easily cracked
- Arbitrary file download is possible with a crafted URL when logged in as any user
NGS Secure is going to withhold details of this flaw for three months. This three month window will allow users the time needed to apply the patch before the details are released to the general public. This reflects the NGS Secure approach to responsible disclosure.
Alongside the launch of the “new iPad“, Apple released iOS 5.1 for the iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S, the 3rd generation iPod touch, and iPad and iPad 2. The update includes fixes for 91 issues with CVE identifiers. The majority, 66 of the issues, are described as “unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution” in WebKit due to memory corruption. These flaws were mostly found by Apple or members of the Google Chrome Security Team, while a number were found by Chrome special rewardwinner miaubiz.
Two screen lock bypass issues are fixed, including one, a race condition with slide to dial gestures that could bypass the passcode lock, discovered by Roland Kohler of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, and an uncredited discovery that Siri’s lock screen could be used to forward messages to an arbitrary user.
iOS 5 devices have automatic update support, and the update should be available “over-the-air” or via iTunes. Users who wish to force the update can use the Settings app, select General and then Software Update, ensuring the device is fully charged or on charge. Full details of all the issues fixed are given in About the security content of iOS 5.1 Software Update.
Many of the same WebKit issues are fixed in the iTunes 10.6 update to mitigate the possibility that a man-in-the middle attack could be used while browsing Apple’s iTunes Store to compromise a system. The iTunes 10.6 update is for Mac OS X and Windows systems and details of the fixes are available in About the security content of iTunes 10.6.
Aruba Delivers BYOD Control with ClearPass
The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) era is booming, while BYOD delivers some freedom to users and is great don’t get me wrong, however. It is still absolutely critical that companies reachthe same degree of protection, and control that corporate owned devices also receive to these devices. It has to be thought of as a wired device, in my opinion.
“ClearPass provides a networking solution for BYOD to address all of the majoroperating systems and any networking vendor’s network architecture,” Robert Fenstermacher, director of Product Marketing at Aruba, told InternetNews.com. “It can act as a single point of policy control across all wired, wireless and remote infrastructure for a global organization.”
- Aruba simplifies IT management of BYOD (infoworld.com)
- Aruba to buy Avenda for BYOD security (infoworld.com)
- Aruba Simplifies IT Management of Employee-Owned Mobile Devices (oracleidentity.wordpress.com)
Apple Will Require Apps to Obtain User Permission Before Accessing Contact Data
US legislators sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking why the company does not require iOS developers to obtain permission from users before apps download users’ contacts. The inquiry follows close behind news that the Path app downloaded users’ address books without their permission. Apple has responded to the question with a promise to change that policy so apps requiring use of address book data request that information explicitly.
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[Editor’s Comment (SANs.org):
“I wonder if they will be in time to avoid a major disaster. I was surprised to read on slashdot that your data was safer on unapproved apps for jailbroken iPhones than on approved apps from Apple’s store”:
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