Comprehensive software reviews to make better IT decisions
Apple iOS and iPadOS VPN Bypass Vulnerability
A vulnerability has been discovered in Apple iOS and iPadOS where VPN (virtual private networking) can be bypassed, thereby not securing all traffic within the secure VPN tunnel.
Normally, when a VPN tunnel is established, the VPN software closes existing connections and re-establishes them within the secure VPN tunnel. In the VPN component of Apple iOS 13.3.1, it has been confirmed that existing connections are not properly closed, leading to data traffic that is not as secure as expected.
This vulnerability was first discovered by the Swiss company ProtonVPN. It has since been validated that the vulnerability exists in iOS versions 13.3.1 and the latest 13.4. iPadOS is similarly affected by this vulnerability.
ProtonVPN utilized WireShark’s packet sniffer to verify the vulnerability in the data packets sent and received by the iOS device.
Source: "VPN bypass vulnerability in Apple iOS," ProtonVPN, March 2020
ProtonVPN provided users a method to mitigate the risk; activating and deactivating Airplane Mode once a VPN connection has been established.This will disconnect all existing connections (both secured within the VPN tunnel and outside the tunnel), and then reconnect them properly within the secure VPN tunnel.
As iOS devices have established a foothold in business use, the danger of data leakage becomes greater if these devices have been secured by the organization’s VPN service. That said, mobile devices still tend to be considered insecure, and as such, IT departments continue to emphasize the importance of appropriate mobile device security standards to their organizations’ employee bases.
Apple’s iPad Pro devices, which run iPadOS, may be of concern as many organizations leverage iPad Pros as laptop replacements for mobile computing. As a result, it is likely that sensitive or confidential work regularly takes place on these devices, in contrast with the type of work conducted on iOS devices.
Until Apple addresses this vulnerability, we recommend users follow the mitigation actions provided by ProtonVPN.
Want to Know More?
Google has identified “unsafe” code in the Chromium web browser engine. This flaw introduces a potential vulnerability that effects Google Chrome, as well as all Chromium-based web browsers.
More than ever, cybersecurity solutions are core to any MSPs offering. No longer should technology service providers be farming this out to dedicated security providers. Trust and peace of mind are the core tenets of what they are selling and solutions like Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud can provide the platform upon which to deliver on those promises.
Kenna Security deployed their new data driven vulnerability management program, Kenna.VM and accessory program, Kenna.VI. Released on April 28th, Kenna.VM was created with the purpose to set service-level agreements (SLAs) with risk tolerance in mind.
We often hear that businesses are continually cyber insecure or under attack. However, recent penetration testing from Rapid7 shows that businesses are getting better at securing their networks against cyberattacks. While organizations continue to have exploitable weaknesses, attackers are having greater difficulty penetrating deeper into businesses’ networks.
Four zero-day vulnerabilities were discovered in IBM’s Data Risk Manager. While the vulnerabilities are concerning, more so is IBM’s response when addressed. The company simply stated, “It’s out of scope.” – meaning it had no intention to rectify or address the issue.
Will New IoT Security Frameworks Push Compliance Obligations to the Forefront of Security Discussions?
The Internet of Things is increasingly embedded with our daily lives. While these devices make life more accessible, for every new device, a new attack vector for cyberattackers is created.
Qualys VMDR Is Now Live: Increasing Security Threats Requires Strong Vulnerability Management Software
Qualys VMDR has hit the live market. Originally unveiled in February 2020 at Qualys Security Conference, VMDR is now publicly available as of April 16, 2020. Partnering with both large and small MSSPs, VMDR is designed to be scalable to any business enterprise and to automate the entire management cycle on all endpoints.
Market researcher ResearchandMarkets.com has published its market outlook for vulnerability management tools.
SC Media had its recent 2020 SC Awards Honored in the U.S. event and has awarded Qualys recognition for Best Vulnerability Management Solution in the “Trust Awards” category.