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Notes from the presentation "Is security essential" delivered at Lindholmen 2010-06-09

Notes from the presentation "Is security essential" delivered at Lindholmen 2010-06-09

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  • 1. Is security optional for Ericsson? Jonas Andersson
  • 2. The answer is NO! (Atleast when it comes to product security)
  • 3. Some things are mandatory Risk Assessment (RA) Vulnerability Analysis (VA) Hardening guideline
  • 4. Verifying the product security A product should be as much secure as possible During the VA, tools are used to verify the security One of the tools are a software called “Nessus”
  • 5. What is Nessus? An open source security scanner Scans for known vulnerabilities Performs a scan from the “network” Gives us a nice looking report
  • 6. Who else are using Nessus? Customers Attackers ? ?? ?? ? ? ?
  • 7. The Nessus report Lets have a quick look at a Nessus report
  • 8. How can an attacker use the information from the Nessus report? If they could scan → They could attack ! (We put this in an ”Ericsson environment” later on)
  • 9. Lets perform an attack Green background = Target Red background = Attacker
  • 10. Removing vulnerabilities Do we really need to patch all the time? Our customers need products up and running Can we skip patching if behind a firewall? No one can reach our nodes anyway … or?
  • 11. Ways of getting closer to the target A lot of different ways of getting malicious software to the target CDs and USB-memory Email attachments Links to malicious sites on the Internet
  • 12. What if the target machine is a laptop that belongs to an O&M-user? (Or an Ericsson technician?) What if this laptop is connected to a node inside an Ericsson solution?
  • 13. Do we need to bother? There are several Ericsson products built on common operation systems and software. Example: Yesterday a patch for the Microsoft IIS was released. Everyone using IIS version 6, 7, or 7,5 on Windows Server 2003 and 2008 is vulnerable. By sending a special crafted request an attacker could execute code on the server.
  • 14. Do we need to bother… again.. Last week Adobe announced a severe vulnerability in Adobe Reader, Flash and Acrobat. This vulnerability is used by attackers in the wild… A patch is hopefully coming in the next two weeks (!) Should an Ericsson employee, or an O&M user, even consider reading a PDF-file attached to an email from his/her boss?
  • 15. What else could an attacker do? Rootkit Backdoor Redirect network traffic Sniff and collect useful information ?? ?? ? ?
  • 16. Why TE101? Gives the participants a deeper understanding of the importance when it comes to security requirements: – Generic baseline for Ericsson nodes – Design rules Security know-how inside Ericsson will increase To make Ericsson employees think ”security”
  • 17. TE101 includes the following topics Network protocols Malicious software Vulnerabilities Verifying security Programming security Firewall fundamentals Intrusion detection Cryptography
  • 18. Let's go out there and talk security!