Tag: authentication

Vulnerability Undermines WordPress Two-Factor Plugins

The firm Duo Security* said that it has discovered a vulnerability that affects a range of two-factor authentication plugins for the WordPress content management platform. The vulnerability could allow a malicious insider to use credentials for one WordPress site to log into a different site that is part of a ‘multi-site’ WordPress deployment without needing to pass a multi-factor authentication test. In a blog post on Thursday, DUO co-founder and CTO Jon Oberheide said that the vulnerability was discovered as part of an internal review of DUO’s two factor WordPress plugin, but that researchers realized it affects at least two other multi-factor plugins. DUO issued a warning to users of its plugin. The company also reached out to WordPress and to the publishers of other multi factor authentication plugins to address the issue, Oberheide wrote. DUO makes multi-factor authentication technology that allows users to log-in using a combination of username, […]

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Welcoming A New Sponsor: Duo Security

Those of you who pay close attention to The Security Ledger may have noticed some new artwork gracing our home page in recent days. It is with great pleasure that I note the addition of our newest sponsor: Duo Security Inc., a maker of two-factor authentication technology. I followed Duo from its earliest days, but my interactions with the company picked up after last year’s RSA Conference in San Francisco, when I had the chance to get briefed by CEO Dug Song about the company’s technology and how Duo was leveraging consumer-driven trends like BYOD (bring your own device) to solve vexing enterprise identity and authentication problems. Duo, which is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, sells a hosted two-factor authentication service that leverages the cloud and mobile devices to provide a secure login experience using something you know (a password) and something you hold (a mobile phone). The Duo platform […]

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Update: Serial Server Flaws Expose Critical Infrastructure

A survey conducted by the firm Rapid 7 has found evidence that widespread vulnerabilities and insecure configuration of ubiquitous networking components known as serial port (or “terminal”) servers, may expose a wide range of companies and critical assets – including point of sale terminals, ATMs and industrial control systems – to remote cyber attacks.(*) The vulnerable devices connected hardware like retail point-of-sale systems at a national chain of dry cleaners, providing direct access to employee terminals from which customer payment information could be accessed. Other exposed systems were used to monitor the location of cargo containers, train cargo as well as HVAC and industrial control systems, Rapid7 said. In the Rapid7 survey, over 114,000 unique IPs were identified in a scan using the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), the vast majority manufactured by one company: Digi International. If left unaddressed, the vulnerable devices give remote attackers direct, administrative access to hardware devices […]