Monthly Archives: December 2015

Unauthorized code in Juniper ScreenOS allows for administrative access

This is bad. Juniper is a major network equipment provider and a backdoor like this could lead to huge security compromise.

During a recent internal code review, Juniper discovered unauthorized code in ScreenOS that could allow a knowledgeable attacker to gain administrative access to NetScreen® devices and to decrypt VPN connections. Once we identified these vulnerabilities, we launched an investigation into the matter, and worked to develop and issue patched releases for the latest versions of ScreenOS.

Source: Important Announcement about ScreenOS® – J-Net Community

Update (2015-12-20): It could be a state-sponsored attack.

Let’s Encrypt – Entering Public Beta

Let’s Encrypt goes public beta. No more paying of ridiculous amounts for a simple SSL certificate. Yearly.

The process is still somewhat rough on the edges now. I expect it to get better when it goes 1.0. There’s another important thing to note when you’re using using certificates from Let’s Encrypt. In the interest of transparency, they publish the list of certificates issued by them. So if you’re uncomfortable about your domain appearing in a public website, you may want to reconsider.

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority brought to you by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). ISRG is a California public benefit corporation, and is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Source: Entering Public Beta