It’s been a busy week among software companies and OEM’s, as both Microsoft and Adobe have released a flurry of patches. Microsoft’s current “Patch Tuesday” bundle features fixes for almost one hundred flaws in Windows and other Microsoft software. Adobe’s updates continue to patch their Flash and Shockwave technologies, both of which are unfortunate poster children for insecure software.
Security and privacy experts – not to mention federal government agencies - are still reeling from the disclosure by WikiLeaks of the CIA’s cachet of hacking and surveillance technologies that was released a few weeks ago. Among those disclosures, however, was a particularly interesting finding: the existence of “HammerDrill 2.0,” a cross-platform security toolkit that can breach the air gap.