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Rip and Replace Won’t Solve Twitter’s (Or Your) Security Problems

The “replace” in “rip and replace” essentially means getting rid of old security problems and replacing them with new ones. Twittergate is (thankfully) behind us but it’s almost assuredly going to be the case that we’ll be rehashing this one for... Read more
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Jedi Mind Tricks: HTTP Request Smuggling

How to defeat the ancient Jedi mind trick known as HTTP Request Smuggling.  HTTP Request Smuggling (HRS) is not a new technique; it's been around since 2005. It takes advantage of architectures where one or more intermediaries (proxies)... Read more
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The Web 2.0 Botnet: Twisting Twitter and Automated Collaboration

Collaborating automatically via Web 2.0 APIs is a beautiful thing. I can update status on Twitter and it will automagically propagate to any number of social networking sites: Facebook. FriendFeed. MySpace. LinkedIn. If I had to do it all... Read more
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Ruby developers ignore security risks, claim X-JSON header ‘nothing serious’

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905 US (Spanish-born) philosopher (1863 - 1952) This oft repeated quote needs to be tweaked just a bit to be more applicable to... Read more
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I am in your HTTP headers, attacking your application

Zero-day IE exploits and general mass SQL injection attacks often overshadow potentially more dangerous exploits targeting lesser known applications and attack vectors. These exploits are potentially more dangerous because once proven through a... Read more
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BusinessWeek takes viral advertising a little too seriously

Yesterday it was reported that BusinessWeek had been infected with malware via an SQL injection attack. [begin Mom lecture] Remember when we talked about PCI DSS being a good idea for everyone, even though... Read more
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