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Authenticated Remote Code Execution in OpenMRS

Early in May of 2020, Contrast Labs was exploring different ways in which we could help the community or world combat the increase in attacks against medical and testing facilities. We decided quickly that doing some form of hack-a-thon on OpenMRS..

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XML External Entity (XXE) Pitfalls With JAXB

The Java XML Binding (JAXB) runtime that ships with OpenJDK 1.8 uses a default configuration that protects against XML external entity (XXE) attacks. Contrast researched this secure default configuration and found that developers should not rely..

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Contrast Labs: Apache Struts CVE-2019-0230 and How to Block Attacks

Note: Special thanks to Alvaro Muñoz (https://twitter.com/pwntester) for correcting us on some very important technical facts in our original copy of this blog.

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What Role Should Social Media Play in Discovering Vulnerabilities?

New research from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Data Sciences and Analytics Group shows that 25% of vulnerabilities appear on social media before the National Vulnerability Database (NVD). And it takes an average of nearly 90..

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Cyberattacks on Applications Grow Exponentially, Pose Serious Risk

The need for digital engagement with customers, partners, and employees has never been greater than it is today. Most organizations were already in varying stages of digital adoption when the pandemic hit. Suddenly, businesses of all sizes..

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Application Risk Is 1.7x Higher for Organizations That Fail to Manage Security Debt

Analyzing data captured from June 2019 to May 2020, Contrast Labs found that applications experienced over 13,000 attacks on average each month over the past year. Serious vulnerabilities plague more than one-quarter of applications and 11% have..

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Assessing API Security Risks, Plotting a Solution

Application programming interfaces (APIs) are increasingly opening paths to vulnerabilities further down in application architectures. But legacy security testing approaches and firewalls are an inefficient and ineffective approach to securing..

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Remote Code Execution Deserialization Vulnerability Blocked by Contrast

On May 20, 2020, the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) published a new CVE—CVE-2020-9484. The vulnerability associated with CVE-2020-9484 allows any anonymous attacker with internet access to submit a malicious request to a Tomcat Server that..

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Open-Source Python Salt CVEs and the Cisco Server Breach

Hackers recently exploited two critical vulnerabilities (CVEs) in SaltStack’s "Salt" management framework in order to compromise a handful of servers at Cisco. As defined by the National Vulnerability Database (NVD), the specific CVEs in question..

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Contrast Labs: Mapping Risk Profiles for Select OWASP Top 10 Vulnerabilities to Understand Their AppSec Risk

At Contrast Security, the Contrast Labs team is charged with numerous things. Part of this charter includes looking at threat intelligence and understanding the true threat landscape. This encompasses risks that different vulnerabilities may pose..

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