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Today there was a brief discussion among a few Handlers regarding the vulnerability reported by Microsoft in March. The discussion was not so much on the fact that there was an exploit for a Mac OS, or that it was published by Microsoft. The discussion was focused on the sense of complacency that has seemed to develop around Mac products where security is concerned.



Looking back to 2001, Larry Ellison proudly proclaimed Oracle was unbreakable (That statement proved to be untrue, and the hacking community gladly pointed that out to Oracle very quickly.) At the time he most likely based his statement on the fact that there were no known vulnerabilities in the database application at the time. And, at that moment in time, it may have been true. But time marches on....



While the Mac operating systems may not have the number of vulnerabilities that exist in other operating systems, they do exist, and it is only a matter of time before those vulnerabilities play out in the public. We as security professionals would be wise to look at the history of end-user platforms and plan accordingly. It is only a matter of time, as the exposure of these systems increases, the number of reported vulnerabilities will increase.



Thoughts?



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On a slow Saturday in May I thought I would open the forum for discussion here at the ISC on a topic. I am working on a project to update the Continuous Vulnerability Assessment (CVA) capability for a client, and I have found a lot of good information on the web. What I havent found a lot of is good experiences on the web. Guy Bruneau wrote a great article in October on CVAand Remediation for the Critical Controls discussed in October.



First off what is a vulnerability assessment? Wikipedia defines a vulnerability assessment as the process of identifying, quantifying, and prioritizing (or ranking) the vulnerabilities in a system. Vulnerability assessments are often confused with penetration testing, however these two functions serve different roles in a the organization and the overall security assessment. A CVA program, as a component of the overall enterprise systems management program, needs to consider the process for asset identification, vulnerability reporting and remediation.



Information I have collected runs the gamut of technical and marketing information. A great report on assessment tools is available here. Search the web for Vulnerability Assessment, Continuous Vulnerability Assessment, or CVA and the results range greatly. Technical, marketing, best practices, etc., but what is not abundant is experiences. What Im asking of you today is input on experiences and challenges that you've encountered in your implementation or update of a CVA program. Id love to hear about both the technical and environmental challenges encountered along the way. Ask yourself If I had to do it differently, what would I change? thats what I would like to hear.



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