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Security Linux News for Aug 08, 2008

  • Black Hat USA 2008: A report from Day 1 (Aug 08, 2008, 16:30)
    InfoWorld: "The number one presentation of the conference was IOActive's Dan Kaminsky's talk on his recent DNS exploit find. There was some question if there would still be any interest in the topic since the details of Dan's exploit leaked out two weeks ago. The question was answered by a standing room-only crowd of thousands that filled the largest conference room long before the scheduled start time."

  • Where Are All the Dangerous DNS Exploits? Nowhere and Everywhere (Aug 08, 2008, 14:30)
    LinuxInsider: "f security researcher Dan Kaminsky is right about the dangers threatening DNS security, how come nobody's drawn attention to any specific, massively mobilized exploits of the vulnerability? It's because of the nature of DNS -- servers are indeed being continuously poisoned, according to admins, but it's hard to tell exactly who's being exploited and how."

  • Researchers: Online Geegaws Can Open Door to Flimflammery (Aug 08, 2008, 13:30)
    LinuxInsider: "One of the biggest problems with the so-called Web 2.0 movement has been its encouragement of oversharing -- which often means underestimating security risks. Adding doodads of varying quality to a home page can add a lot of pizazz, but can also be fraught with danger, since they can open a door for hackers."

  • TrueCrypt - Free Opensource on the Fly Disk Encryption Tool (Aug 08, 2008, 08:00)
    SUSE & OpenSUSE: "TrueCrypt is a free opensource software system for establishing and maintaining an on-the-fly-encrypted volume storage device). On-the-fly encryption means that data are automatically encrypted or decrypted right before they are loaded or saved, without any user intervention. No data stored on an encrypted volume can be read (decrypted) without using the correct password/keyfile(s) or correct encryption keys."