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June Apple Patch Day – Daily Security Byte EP.107

If you use Apple productson Mac or PCknow that today is Apple Patch Day. The popular software company released six security advisories (originally five, but they had a late breaking advisory) fixing many security flaws in most of their most popular products. Watch today’s video to learn which products are affected, and what you should patch (or check the Reference section for a link to the page with all the details).

As an aside: Sorry about the bad links yesterday, and thanks for those that informed me. If you go to the blog, the link for yesterday’s video is corrected there.

(Episode Runtime: 1:24)

Direct YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwyHlFUPga4


— Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)

Patches, APT Gangs, and Sony Wikileaks- WSWiR Episode 148

Want to know what went on this week in the InfoSec world? Well then, check out my weekly security news recap video. This week I cover a ton of software security patches, news of China’s DDoS and man-in-the-middle tool, and the latest drama in the Sony breach saga. Press play to learn more, and enjoy your weekend.

(Episode Runtime: 13:25)

Direct YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBeOUz40tws




— Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)

TV5Monde Pwned, White House Hack, and Snowden – WSWiR Episode 147

Information security threats and attacks are evolving faster than IT generalists can keep up with. If you’re falling behind in your InfoSec news, and need a quick summary, this weekly video can help.

Topics from today’s episode include, more details on an old White House breach, cyber attackers blacking out a French broadcaster, and a funny yet enlightening Snowden interview. Press play to get informed.

(Episode Runtime: 10:38)

Direct YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLbtqmNIGsQ



— Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)

April Apple Patches – Daily Security Byte EP.63

Apple released a bunch of security fixes for their most popular products yesterday. Learn about them quickly in this video, and then go patch your Macs.


(Episode Runtime: 1:26)

Direct YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foEyHOsLbig


— Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)

Printer Doom Hack – WSWiR Episode 122

Apple Patches, Kindle XSS, and Doom Printer Hack

If you want to stay current with the Internet “threatscape,” our weekly video can help. It summarizes each week’s top information and network security news in one convenient place. Subscribe today!

Today’s episode covers, Apple and Adobe security updates, a cross-site scripting flaw that affects Kindle users, and an interesting printer hack that allowed an attacker to run doom on a printer. Watch the video for details and see the Reference section below for more info.

Enjoy your weekend!

(Episode Runtime: 5:39

Direct YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ7-LdlMYHc

Episode References:


— Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)

Blackhat and More – WSWiR Episode 116

Blackhat Summary,Lots of Patches, and MonsterMind

Times have changed. Cyber attacks have increased 10-fold, causing a ton of information security (infosec) news each week. Can’t keep up with it all? Let me help out. In this weekly video summary, I highlight the biggest information and security news every week.

Last week, I had meant to post a Black Hat video summary, but simply couldn’t find the time during my two week travel schedule. I try to make up for it in this week’s episode. In today’s video, I share a bit about Black Hat, cover the latest security patches, comment on the alleged huge password theft, and highlight Snowden’s latest interview and disclosures. Watch the video for the details.

Also, don’t forget to check out the big reference section below for two weeks of security news links, and some videos from Black Hat. Have a great weekend.

(Episode Runtime: 9:09)

Direct YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv1fUT15AP8

Episode References:


— Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)

Hardware Malware – WSWiR Episode 112

Tons of Patches, Facebook Botnets, and Infected Hand Scanners

After a couple weeks of hiatus, we’re finally back with our weekly security news summary video. If you want to learn about all the week’s important security news from one convenience resource, this is the place to get it.

This episode covers the latest popular software security updates from the last two weeks, and interesting Litecoin mining botnet that Facebook helped eradicate, and an advanced attack campaign that leverages pre-infected hardware products. Watch the video for the details, and check out the Reference’s for more information, and links to many other interesting InfoSec stories.

Enjoy your summer weekend, and stay safe!

(Episode Runtime: 7:37)

Direct YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAHYUW1KkM0

Episode References:


— Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)

Time to Polish Your Apple: OS X & Safari Updates

Severity: High


  • These vulnerabilities affect: Apple OS X 10.6.x-10.8.x and Safari 6.0.4 and below
  • How an attacker exploits them: Multiple vectors of attack, including enticing your users into opening specially crafted files (often multimedia files), or visiting malicious websites
  • Impact: Various results; in the worst case, an attacker can execute code with your privileges
  • What to do: Install the appropriate OS X and Safari, or let Apple’s Software updater do it for you.


Yesterday, Apple released two security updates to fix many vulnerabilities in OS X and Safari (Mac version only). If you use Mac computers, you should apply these significant updates quickly. I summarize Apple’s alerts below:

Apple released an update to fix vulnerabilities in all current versions of OS X. The update patches about 33 (number based on CVE-IDs) security issues in 11 of the components that ship as part of OS X, including QuickTime, OpenSSL, and Ruby. The flaws differ in scope and impact, but the worst allow attackers to execute code with your privileges simply by enticing you into viewing a malicious file. Most of these file handling issue involve multimedia files, such as movies and pictures. If you use a Mac, you should install the update as quickly as you can. See Apple’s alert for more detail on each flaw.

WatchGuard rating: Critical

Apple also released an update to fix about 26 security flaws in Safari for Mac (Apple seems to have discontinued supporting Safari for Windows). The majority of these are memory corruption issues that attackers could exploit to run arbitrary code on your Mac, with your privileges. Of course, they’d have to lure you to a web site with malicious code in order to trigger the attack. Many of these vulnerabilities are ideal for drive-by download attacks. Again, if you have a Mac, I recommend you patch Safari, even if you don’t use it as your primary browser. See Apple’s alert for more detail.

WatchGuard rating: Critical

Solution Path:

Apple has released update for all these products. If you use Mac computers, you should download and install the updates as soon as you can, or let Apple’s Software Updater do it for you. That said, the OS X update is rather large, and will require a reboot, so plan that update accordingly.

Personally, I have not had any problems with Apple’s automatic updates, so I recommend you use the Automatic Updater to download and remind you of patches regularly, at least on your client machines (you may need to plan your OS X server updates more carefully).

For All WatchGuard Users:

Attackers can exploit these flaws using diverse exploitation methods. A properly configured UTM appliance can help mitigate the risk of some of these issues. That said, it cannot protect you from local attacks, nor can it prevent attacks that leverage normal HTTP traffic. Therefore, installing Apple’s updates are your best solution.


Apple has released patches correcting these issues.


This alert was researched and written by Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)

What did you think of this alert? Let us know at your.opinion.matters@watchguard.com.
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Make Sure to Update Your Apple Devices

If you follow my weekly security video, WatchGuard Security Week in Review, you probably already know that Apple released both an OS X and Safari security update last week. Hopefully, you’ve already applied those two updates, but if not I highly recommend you do so immediately. Among other things, the OS X update includes a Java related security fix. Lately, cyber criminals have really targeted Java in attacks against both Macs and PCs, so it’s important you apply all Java related updates as quickly as you can.

This week, Apple also released iOS and Apple TV security updates. These updates fix a number of security issues in these popular products. High on the list of fixed issues was a very highly publicized lock screen bypass flaw in iOS, which an attacker could exploit to gain access to the data on your phone when lost or stolen. iOS 6.1.3 fixes that particular lock screen issues, and a few other vulnerabilities. However, later in the week news emerged of another lockscreen flaw that affects iPhone 4s. So it looks like Apple will have some more lock screen related updates in their future.

In any case, if you use Apple devices, you’re probably affected by at least one of these issues. So I recommend you go get the corresponding updates, or let Apple’s automatic update mechanisms do their job. — Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)

WatchGuard Security Week in Review: Episode 36 – White House Hack

Pwned DSL Routers, White House Hack, and Phone Scams

Cyber security is on the industry’s mind. As a result, every week seems packed with information and network security news. If you don’t have time to keep up because you are too busy putting out normal IT fires, this weekly podcast is for you. WatchGuard Security Week in Review is dedicated to quickly summarizing the biggest security stories each week, and to sharing tips and best practices that can help protect you from the latest threats. If you want a 10 minute or less summary of each week’s security news, give this video podcast a try.

This week, I talk about a FUD-filled White House hack, an attack campaign that infected 4.5 million Brazilian routers, a couple examples of phone scams and social engineering, and much more. If any of this interests you, or you just want to relax for 10 minutes while sipping your first coffee of the day, press play on the video below.

As always, I’ve included a Reference section below, which links to each of the stories. If you want more details than I can cover in this short episode, check the links out. Hope to see you next time, and stay safe out there.

(Episode Runtime: 10:25)

Direct YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MupAGOg-RBI

Episode References:

— Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)


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