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Infosec Problems For 2019 and Beyond: Patching, Bug Bounties and Hype


Details of a Virtual Box 0-day privilege escalation bug were disclosed on GitHub earlier this week. This was the work of independent Russian security researcher Sergey Zelenyuk who revealed the vulnerability without any vendor coordination as a form of protest against the current state of security research and bug bounty programs.

From my perspective, some of his concerns are well-founded and warrant more discussion. I believe this sentiment also reflects a growing view among many in the bug hunting community.

Sergey arranged his thoughts into three main points, which I will discuss below.

Vendors are slow to patch

Large vendors are chronically slow at evaluating and fixing vulnerabilities and most researchers are willing to put up with this.

Google’s Project Zero with a 90-day disclosure policy has forced some vendors to accelerate patch releases. In fact, at Black Hat 2018, Parisa Tabriz shared some very promising stats to back this up. The most impressive of which was...(continued)

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