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8 Tips to Improve IT Security for SMEs

When we think of cyber-attacks our minds often flash to larger corporations and massive data leaks for millions of customers, but these are just the ones we see reported in the news. In fact the Verizon 2019 Data Breach Report found that 43% of breaches involved small business victims.

Cyber-attacks are on the rise and for most SMEs trying to get your head around them and protect your business can be a daunting and difficult task. We have complied a list of 8 steps to help prevent breaches including practical advice on what to do should a breach occur.

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SafeNet SAS OWA Agent Directory Traversal Vulnerability

On the 18th August, 2014, AppCheck reported a Directory Traversal Vulnerability in the SafeNet SAS Outlook Web Access Agent that, without requiring any user authentication, allows a remote attacker to gain access to any file located on the remote server’s local hard drives.

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Drupal 7 SQL Injection – Use AppCheck NG to Discover if You Are Affected

Drupal is a popular open source content management system (CMS). The CMS platform is used by hundreds of thousands of organisations globally and has one of the largest user communities.

On 15th October 2014, a pre-authentication SQL injection vulnerability (CVE-2014-3704) was disclosed after a code audit of Drupal extensions. The vulnerability was found in the way Drupal handles prepared statements meaning a malicious user can inject arbitrary SQL queries and control the Drupal installation.

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Unpatched Vulnerabilities in Magento E-Commerce Platform

On April 8th 2014, AppCheck reported several Cross Site Scripting Vulnerabilities in the Magento e-commerce platform via the eBay bug bounty program.  eBay responded to inform us that the vulnerabilities had already been reported.

However, since more than 6 months have passed and no fix is yet available, This advisory is intended to inform Magento administrators of the vulnerability so that action can be taken to mitigate the flaw.

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Shell Shock Vulnerability – Use AppCheck NG to Discover if You Are Affected

On the 24th September 2014, a remote code execution vulnerability in bash (CVE-2014-6271) was made public after its discovery by Stephane Chazelas. The flaw, dubbed “Shell Shock” has been given the highest CVSS impact and exploitability rating of 10; and affects all versions of bash between 1.14.0 and 4.3, having existed in bash for 22 years. The flaw affects any operating system and application that utilises the bash shell, including Linux, MacOSX, and Cygwin environments on Windows.

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50,000 Websites Hacked Through Critical WordPress Vulnerability

Over 50,000 websites have been compromised within the first three weeks following the disclosure of a critical vulnerability in the MailPoet plugin (formerly known as Wysija Newsletter) for WordPress.

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Time for Better Web App Security as SQL & XSS Threats Surge

A recent report revealed a 32% increase in cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injection attacks on the web-facing and cloud applications that carry sensitive information about organisations and their customers.

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Apache Struts Vulnerability – Use AppCheck NG to Discover if You Are Affected

Apache Struts 2 is an open-source web application framework for developing Java EE web applications. It uses and extends the Java Servlet API to encourage developers to adopt a model–view–controller (MVC) architecture.

On April 24th the Apache Struts project released an advisory for a remote code execution vulnerability affecting all versions of Struts between 2.0.0 and 2.3.16.1. Struts 2.3.16.2 (the latest release) is not vulnerable.

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AppCheck NG Updated to Discover Critical OpenSSL Bug “Heartbleed”

On 7th April 2014 a group of security researchers disclosed a critical security flaw in the popular cryptographic software library OpenSSL.
The Heartbleed Bug allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet.
The AppCheck NG Web Application and Infrastructure vulnerability scanner has already been updated with a plugin to detect the flaw.

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