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Researchers Offer Tool to Vet Possible Insecure Mobile Backends

New research indicates that even though mobile developers may follow security best practices in their projects, their apps may be contacting cloud-based backend platforms that can introduce vulnerabilities without their knowledge.

Urgent/11 IoT Zero-Day Security Flaw Poses Threat

Major code vulnerabilities detected in the network stack of up to 200 million IoT devices could enable attackers to remotely execute code and take over or shut down devices in the field.

Malware Index Advises Android Developers of Suspicious Apps on Google Play

Secure-D has unveiled a free mobile malware center that lets developers and others see suspicious Android apps.

Oracle's Summer CPU Fixes 10 Java Security Vulnerabilities

Oracle's summer Critical Patch Update is expected to contain 322 patches across the company's product line, including 10 security fixes for Java Standard Edition (Java SE).

Firm Unveils Upload-and-Protect Cloud Security Tool for Mobile Developers

Persistent mobile app development security issues -- in an age of unrelenting demand for more enterprise mobile apps -- can now be addressed with a cloud-based, upload-and-protect service.

Report: Security of iOS and Android Mobile Apps 'Roughly Equivalent'

New research from security vendor Positive Technologies examines vulnerabilities and threats in mobile applications, stating that the security level of iOS and Android apps is "roughly equivalent between the two platforms."

Research Examines Android for Enterprise Apps

Research firm IDC has published a sponsored whitepaper examining the use of Android devices in the enterprise, where Google's flagship mobile OS fights security-related perceptions in its battle with Apple's iOS for business market share.

Chinese Company Announces New Blockchain-as-a-Service for SMB Developers

This week Shanghai, China-based VeChain announced ToolChain, a new blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) offering for developers in a small- to medium-sized business environment.

Oracle's Latest CPU Patches 3-Year-Old Deserialization Flaw

All of the five Java SE vulnerabilities identified in the latest Critical Patch Update are remotely exploitable, and at least one is probably exploitable without the need for authentication.

NSA Releases Java-Based Reverse Engineering Tool

The National Security Agency has open sourced its Ghidra software reverse engineering (SRE) framework.

Flaws Left Unpatched, Unstopped Malware Contribute to Growing IoT Attacks

According to a recent IoT security report from F-Secure, a lack of good password security (or no password at all) combined with unpatched vulnerabilities contribute to 87 percent of all IoT attacks.

IBM Launches Security Testing Service for Blockchain-Based Products

This week IBM's X-Force Red security division announced it has launched a new testing service to help find weaknesses and fix vulnerabilities in Blockchain-based releases.

Researchers Warn of Insecure Online Coding Advice

Several studies have linked the use of open source software and tutorials with the introduction of security vulnerabilities in production code, but a new one finds the same problem with online coding advice.

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Coinbase, Bitfly Say Reorganizations Detected on Ethereum Classic's Blockchain; ETC Devs Deny Claim

On Jan. 5 Coinbase detected a deep chain reorganization on the Ethereum Classic (ETC) blockchain, including a double spend.

Firm Applies Machine Learning to Mobile App Security

Facing ever-more-sophisticated attack vectors, companies like Zimperium are infusing emerging AI technologies like machine learning into their mobile app defense solutions.

Open Source Survey Shows Python Love, Security Pain Points

ActiveState published results of a survey conducted to examine challenges faced by developers who work with open source runtimes, revealing love for Python and security pain points.

GitHub Adds Security Alerts for Java and .NET

The popular code repository and social coding platform recently acquired by Microsoft launched the feature last year, initially covering JavaScript and Ruby. Python coverage was added earlier this year.

Security Report Calls for Enterprise App Lifecycle Revamp

Enterprise mobile and Web app development is riddled by security gaffes, according to a new report from WhiteHat Security, which is calling for a revamp of the development lifecycle.

Study: Open Source Software Contributes to Mobile App Vulnerabilities

A new study examined hundreds of popular Android apps for security vulnerabilities, finding that the improper use of open source software puts organizations and users at risk.

Appdome Updates Mobile Security Offerings

The company boosted the capabilities of its code obfuscation product and unveiled man-in-the-middle attack protection.

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