Tag : Bug Bounty

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When Booking Your Flight Becomes Dangerous

Mar 07, 2016 By Sarah Vonnegut | Flying is a pain. Booking flights can be just as annoying. But, as one of Checkmarx’s own recently discovered, booking your flight can also be dangerous. David Sopas, a Portuguese security researcher at Checkmarx who hunts bug on the side, found a common, highly disruptive security vulnerability on one of the largest airlines in the world.

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Beyond XSS and CSRF: Same Origin Method Execution

Aug 12, 2015 By Sarah Vonnegut | Unless you were living under a rock last fall, you heard about the major iCloud hack that saw nude pictures of A-list celebrities posted all over the web. The fact that someone could hack into private clouds and steal the sensitive data contained within alarmed web users around the world.   That wasn’t the only exploit of its kind. If someone malicious had discovered another, similar exploit on Google+, there could have been a similar batch of stolen photos.   Luckily, the hacker that found them is a white-hat and plays for the good side. Ben Hayak plays for the good side, and our private Google Plus photos have been saved from prying hands.   Ben, a senior security engineer at Salesforce, recently discovered a method of attack that would pose major threats to users and sites with successful attacks.  

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Hacking It Forward

May 30, 2014 By Sarah Vonnegut | How do security researchers stay motivated and interested? For some of us, it seems like one XSS flaw or SQL injection would look exactly like the next, but the thrill of discovering these security vulnerabilities is more than enough to keep the fire going for some researchers. Osanda Malith Jayathissa, a security researcher and graduate student from Sri Lanka, is among that group, helping to make the web apps we use on a daily basis more secure. We spoke with Osanda recently to talk about why he does what he does and what keeps him in the field.
  “I find it interesting to find solutions and learn by making mistakes. Each scenario is different from the next, so I learn something new each time,” Osanda says.

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