Archive for February, 2008

Whole-Disk Encryption Cracked

Early this week, some researchers at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy released a fascinating video of whole-disk encryption being cracked quite quickly and easily. Whole-disk encryption products — such as PGP Whole Disk Encryption, TrueCrypt System Encryption, and Windows Vista’s BitLocker — work by encrypting the entire hard disk with a symmetric key, […]

attacks, crypto, hardware, mitigations, physical security, products

Deterring the Internal Attacker

On January 21st, 2008, the major French bank Société Générale lost $7.09 billion attempting to unwind unauthorized trading positions taken by Jérôme Kerviel, a futures trader with the bank. Kerviel had taken positions worth $73.3 billion, far above not only his trading limits but the bank’s entire market capitalization. The loss taken by unwinding the […]

authentication, networks, products, risk

ASUS Eee PC and Linux vmsplice Vulnerabilities

It wasn’t a good weekend for Linux. The ultraportable ASUS Eee PC has seen quite a bit of publicity lately. With prices starting as low as $300, it’s about as cheap as laptops get, and runs on a solid-state drive instead of a hard disk. Of course, to get such a low price, it doesn’t […]

attacks, mitigations, products

OS-Based Mitigations Against Common Attacks

In my last post about finding a job in information security, when discussing application security, I off-handedly mentioned several mitigation technologies — GS, DEP, SAL, and ASLR. These are technologies developed by OS vendors to provide system-wide protection against common attacks, and are things every application developer should know about when dealing with native (unmanaged) […]

attacks, hardware, mitigations