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Palm WebOS Hacked Via SMS Messages 99 99

gondaba writes "Security researchers at the Intrepidus Group have hacked into Palm's new WebOS platform, using nothing more than text messages to exploit a slew of dangerous web app vulnerabilities. The white hat hackers found that the WebOS SMS client did not properly perform input/output validation on any SMS messages sent to the handset, leading to a rudimentary HTML injection bug. Coupled with the fact that HTML injection leads directly to injecting code into a WebOS application, the attacks made possible were quite dangerous (especially considering they could all be delivered over an SMS message)."

Comment BlockHosts (Score 2, Informative) 497 497

We started using BlockHosts to feed iptables rules, and our failure logs went from 30-50k per day to 100. Basically, with more than 'x' failed logins within 'y' time frame, the source IP is blocked for 'z' time period. Since it uses iptables, you could block it from just the ssh port, or the entire system (we do the latter).
All three variables are configurable, and we also have whitelisted a few select standby IPs for contingency use. (As another poster said, you **will** lock yourself out eventually.)

Security

Submission + - Report: 7 Years of Advanced Persistent Threat->

psychosis writes: Mandiant's "M-Trends" report highlights more than seven years of lessons learned while conducting computer and network intrusion investigations for the U.S. government, the defense industrial base, and commercial organizations. Recently, a number of device vendors and "security" shops have been attempting to surf the "APT PR wave," but Mandiant has been actively engaged in responding to the APT for longer than most in the industry have even acknowledged such a pervasive threat exists.
This report offers a comprehensive, FIRST HAND account, and includes several case studies.
Bottom line: if you run a computer network that is now or may someday be of interest to foreign governments or criminal organizations you should request and read this report.
Free registration required, but worth the 5sec of effort...

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Communications

Submission + - Top 10 Personal Technology Services Of 2008->

tlhorset writes: "We use technology services everyday. Internet, TV, Phone, even Software as a Service or remote content delivery, they all impact our daily lives. A review and summary of the top 10 personal technology services of 2008, how they impacted users and how they led the market to change."
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