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Black Hat: U.S Government Wants Your Security Research

Aug 06, 2011, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

Zatko explained that DARPA keeps a watchlist of software deployed in the Government that needs patching or security fixes. As a source of irony and frustration, Zatko said that on a recent list, six out of 17 vulnerabilities that DARPA was tracking for fixes were for vulnerabilities in security software. So the software that is supposed to be securing the government is in some cases vulnerable and still unpatched.

The other issue that Zatko is worried about is the fact that modern software is built in multiple layers, which end up increasing the attack surface.

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