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Achieve Continuous Security and Compliance with the CIS Critical Security Controls

For InfoSec pros, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the constant noise from cybersecurity industry players — vendors, research firms, consultants, industry groups, government regulators and media outlets. A good antidote for this hyperactive chatter is to refocus on foundational InfoSec practices. That’s what SANS Institute Senior Analyst John Pescatore and I will do this week: An immersion into the Center for Internet Security’s Critical Security Controls (CSCs).

During an hour-long webcast on Sept. 28, we’ll be discussing the benefits of implementing these 20 recommended controls. Initially published in 2008, these information security best practices have been endorsed by many leading organizations and successfully adopted by thousands of InfoSec teams over the years. Now on version 6.1, the CIS CSCs map effectively to most security control frameworks, as well as regulatory and industry mandates, and are more relevant and useful than ever.

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Oracle Critical Patch Update January 2016

Oracle has published their Critical Patch Update (CPU) for January 2016. The Oracle CPU is quarterly and addresses the flaws in large Oracle’s product line, including their core product the relational database, but also in a large number of acquisitions like Solaris, MySQL, Java and many of the end-user products, such as JDEdwards ERP, Peoplesoft and CRM.

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Postgres Announces Upcoming Security Patch

Last week, the PostgreSQL Project advised its users of an upcoming security patch for a critical security vulnerability in their database server software. All currently supported versions are affected and the patch will be released on Thursday, April 4th. To our knowledge this is the first time that an Open Source project has pre announced a vulnerability and upcoming patch. We expect the release to fix a Remote Code Execution vulnerability in this popular database engine and recommend all PostgreSQL users to upgrade to a secure version as soon as possible, especially if your database server is connected directly to the Internet. The Shodan search engine currently lists over 30,000 systems that have an accessible PostgreSQL server on the Internet.

Underscoring the severity of the vulnerability is an announcement by Heroku, a popular cloud application platform, that has started forcibly upgrading all of customers’ PostgreSQL installations with the patch.

We will update this post as soon as more information becomes available.

QID for Latest JAVA SE Critical Patch Released Tonight

Oracle just released an extremely important critical patch for Java. It fixes an impressive number of vulnerabilities, and it is recommended to install this update as fast as possible. You can read more about this here: http://laws.qualys.com/2013/02/oracle-releases-early-cpu-for.html

And here is the official page on the Oracle website: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/javacpufeb2013-1841061.html

A new QID "120832 – Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Update – February 2013" has been released and you can use QualysGuard VM to scan your network to find the systems that require the patch.

Here is a report that gives you a preview of the details of a report for this QID, including a list of known exploits that are available for some of the vulnerabilities that are fixed by this patch:

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