Open Source Security Podcast
A security podcast geared towards those looking to better understand security topics of the day. Hosted by Kurt Seifried and Josh Bressers covering a wide range of topics including IoT, application security, operational security, cloud, devops, and security news of the day. There is a special open source twist to the discussion often giving a unique perspective on any given topic.
Episode 161 - Human nature and ad powered open sourceSep 16, 2019 29:19
Josh and Kurt start out discussing human nature and how it affects how we view security. A lot of things that look easy are actually really hard. We also talk about the npm library Standard showing command line ads. Are ads part of the future of open source?Show Notes thegrugq secure android DoD JEDI program Firefox privacy settings Standard ads Max Headroom
Episode 160 - Disclosing security issues is insanely complicated: Part 2Sep 9, 2019 31:11
Josh and Kurt talk about disclosing security flaws in open source. This is part two of a discussion around how to disclose security issues. This episode focuses on some expectations and behaviors for open source projects as well as researchers trying to disclose a problem to a project.Show Notes webmin backdoor Github security advisories
Episode 159 - Disclosing security issues is insanely complicated: Part 1Sep 2, 2019 29:23
Josh and Kurt talk about disclosing security flaws. It's a topic that's come up a few times in the last few weeks and it's more complicated than it's ever been. We certainly ask more questions than we answer in this episode, there will be a part 2 that focuses on open source disclosure.Show Notes Lock Picking Lawyer Tavis' Windows flaw
Episode 158 - The mess that we call credit agencies in the USAug 26, 2019 27:48
Episode 157 - Backdoors and snake oil in our cryptographyAug 19, 2019 30:58
Josh and Kurt talk about snakeoil cryptography at Black Hat and the new backdoored cryptography fight. Both of these problems will be with us for a very long time. These are fights worth fighting because it's the right thing to do.Show Notes Time AI video Kurt's Tweet about technical explanations Josh's blog post about bug training Schneier on Barr's encryption discussion
Episode 156 - What if we MitM a whole country?Jul 29, 2019 29:57
Josh and Kurt talk about Kazakhstan requiring citizens to place a government controlled root CA certificate on their computers. How does this work. What does it mean for the citizens of Kazakhstan, and why we all should be paying attention.Show Notes Kazakhstan MitM all TLS traffic Mozilla bug
Episode 155 - Stealing cars and ransomwareJul 22, 2019 27:22
Josh and Kurt talk about a new way to steal cars because a service didn't do proper background checks. We also discuss how this relates to working with criminals, such as ransomware, and what it means for the future of the ransomware industry.Show Notes Car2go theft Alberta driver's license security Albertosaurus Las Vegas won't pay a ransom
Episode 154 - Chat with the authors of the book "The Fifth Domain"Jul 16, 2019 31:17
Josh and Kurt talk to the authors of a new book The Fifth Domain. Dick Clarke and Rob Knake join us to discuss the book, cybersecurity, US policy, how we got where we are today and what the future holds for cybersecurity.Show Notes The Fifth Domain Dick Clarke Rob Knake Future State Podcast
Episode 153 - The unexpected security of AI, photographs, and VPNJul 8, 2019 34:33
Episode 152 - Tavis breaks the world ... againJul 1, 2019 30:40
Episode 151 - The DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge with David BrumleyJun 24, 2019 30:12
Episode 150 - Our ad funded dystopian presentJun 17, 2019 30:09
Josh and Kurt talk about the future Chrome and ad blockers. There is a lot of nuance to unpack around this one. There are two versions of the Internet today. One with an ad blocker and one without. The Internet without an ad blocker is a dystopian nightmare. The actionable advice at the end of this one is to use Firefox.
Episode 149 - Chat with Michael Coates about data securityJun 10, 2019 26:27
Episode 148 - You just got pwnt, what now?Jun 3, 2019 29:21
Josh and Kurt talk about public disclosure. We start out with a story about Canva, then discuss what do you do if you have a security incident? Who do you tell, what do you tell them. How do you tell your story? It's a really hard problem even if it's something you've done many times in the past.
Episode 147 - Scams and operations as part of the supply chainMay 27, 2019 30:27
Episode 146 - What the @#$% happened to Microsoft?May 20, 2019 32:24
Episode 145 - What do security and fire have in common?May 13, 2019 34:20
Episode 144 - The security of money, which one is best?May 6, 2019 33:34
Episode 143 - Security lessons from the phone bookApr 29, 2019 34:40
Episode 142 - Hypothetical security: what if you find a USB flash drive?Apr 21, 2019 31:27
Josh and Kurt talk about what one could do if you find a USB drive. The context is based on the story where the Secret Service was rumored to have plugged a malicious USB drive into a computer. The purpose of discussion is to explore how to handle a situation like this in the real world. We end the episode with a fantastic comparison of swim safety and security.
Episode 141 - Timezones are hard, security is harderApr 15, 2019 36:14
Josh and Kurt talk about the difficulty of security. We look at the difficulty of the EU not observing daylight savings time, which is probably magnitudes easier than getting security right. We also hit on a discussion on Reddit about U2F that shows the difficulty. Security today is too hard, even for the experts.
Episode 140 - Good enough security is a pretty high barApr 8, 2019 34:20
Josh and Kurt talk about identity. It's a nice example we can generally understand in the context of how much security is enough security? When we deal with identity the idea of good enough is often acceptable for the vast majority of uses. Perfect identity tracking isn't really a thing nor is it practical.
Episode 139 - Secure voting, firefox send, and toxic comments on the internetApr 1, 2019 30:57
Episode 138 - Information wants to be freeMar 25, 2019 32:19
Episode 137.5 - Holy cow Beto was in the cDc, this is awesome!Mar 18, 2019 35:17
Josh and Kurt talk about Beto being in the Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc). This is a pretty big deal in a very good way. We hit on some history, why it's a great thing, what we can probably expect from opponents. There's even some advice at the end how we can all help. We need more politicians with backgrounds like this.
Episode 137 - When the IoT attacks!Mar 11, 2019 30:34
Josh and Kurt talk about when devices attack! It's not quite that exciting, but there have been a slew of news about physical devices causing problems for humans. We end on the note that we're getting closer to a point when lawyers and regulators will start to pay attention. We're not there yet, so we still have a horrible insecure future on the horizon.
Episode 136 - How people feel is more important than being rightMar 4, 2019 31:35
Episode 135 - Passwords, AI, and cloud strategyFeb 25, 2019 30:38
Josh and Kurt talk about change your password day (what a terrible day). Google's password checkup (not a terrible idea), an AI finding new spice flavors we expect will one day take over the world, and we finish up on a new DoD cloud strategy. Also Josh burnt his finger, but is going to be OK.
Episode 134 - What's up with the container runc security flaw?Feb 18, 2019 28:58
Episode 133 - Smart locks and the government hacking devicesFeb 11, 2019 31:10
Episode 132 - Bird Scooter: 0, Cory Doctorow: 1Feb 4, 2019 30:11
Episode 131 - Windows micropatches, Google's privacy fine, and Mastercard fixes trial abuseJan 28, 2019 33:26
Josh and Kurt talk about non-Microsoft Windows micropatches. The days of pretending closed source matters are long gone. Google gets hit with a privacy fine, that probably won't matter. And Mastercard makes it easier for consumers to not accidentally sign up for services they don't want.
Episode 130 - Chat with Snyk co-founder Danny GranderJan 21, 2019 34:03
Episode 129 - The EU bug bounty programJan 14, 2019 33:15
Episode 128 - Australia's encryption backdoor billJan 7, 2019 32:59
2018 Christmas Special - Is Santa GDPR compliant?Dec 24, 2018 37:37
Episode 127 - Walled gardens, appstores, and moreDec 17, 2018 35:00
Josh and Kurt talk about Mozilla pulling a paywall bypassing extension. We then turn our attention to talking about walled gardens. Are they good, are they bad? Something in the middle? There is a lot of prior art to draw on here, everything from Windows, Android, iOS, even Linux distributions.
Episode 126 - The not so dire future of supply chain securityDec 10, 2018 33:13
Episode 125 - Open Source, supply chains, npm, and youDec 3, 2018 31:04
Josh and Kurt talk about how open source deals with malicious events. It's probably impossible to stop these from happening, but the open source universe deals with it in its own unique way. We start to discuss what you can do, since everyone is using open source everywhere now. There will be a second part to this episode where we discuss what the future holds for these sort of problems.
Episode 124 - Cloudflare's service workers and the economics of securityNov 26, 2018 34:04
Josh and Kurt talk about Cloudflare's new Workers service. We spend a lot of time discussing how economics drives technology, not security. It's quite likely this new service is less secure than existing alternatives, but it will be cheaper and faster which will matter more than security.
Episode 123 - Talking about Kubernetes and container security with Liz RiceNov 19, 2018 27:52
Episode 122 - What will Apple's T2 chip mean for the rest of us?Nov 12, 2018 33:04
Episode 121 - All about the security of votingNov 5, 2018 36:48
Episode 120 - Bloomberg and hardware backdoors - it's already happeningOct 29, 2018 30:56
Episode 119 - The Google+ and Facebook incidents, it's not your data anymoreOct 22, 2018 31:38
Episode 118 - Cloudflare's IPFS and onion serviceOct 15, 2018 30:49
Episode 117 - Will security follow Linus' lead on being nice?Oct 8, 2018 31:02
Episode 116 - The future of the CISO with Michael PiacenteOct 1, 2018 30:31
Episode 115 - Discussion with Brian Hajost from SteelCloudSep 24, 2018 30:16
Episode 114 - Review of "Click Here to Kill Everybody"Sep 17, 2018 30:50
Episode 113 - Actual real security adviceSep 10, 2018 30:38
Episode 112 - Google's Titan Key and the latest Struts issueSep 3, 2018 29:06
Episode 111 - The TLS 1.3 and DNS episodeAug 27, 2018 32:39
Episode 110 - Review of Black Hat, Defcon, and the effect of security policiesAug 19, 2018 34:49
Josh and Kurt talk about Black Hat and Defcon and how unexciting they have become. What happened with hotels at Defcon, and more importantly how many security policies have 2nd and 3rd level effects we often can't foresee. We end with important information about pizzza, bananas, and can openers.
Episode 109 - OSCon and actionable adviceAug 13, 2018 34:18
Episode 108 - Bluetooth, phishing, airgaps, and eating soup off the floorAug 6, 2018 30:35
Episode 107 - The year of the Linux Desktop and other hardware storiesJul 30, 2018 29:04
Josh and Kurt talk about modern hardware, how security relates to devices and actions. Everything from secure devices, to the cables we use, to thermal cameras and coat hangers. We end the conversation discussing the words we use and how they affect the way people see us and themselves.
Episode 106 - Data isn't oil, it's nuclear wasteJul 23, 2018 29:54
Josh and Kurt talk about Cory Doctorow's piece on Facebook data privacy. It's common to call data the new oil but it's more like nuclear waste. How we fix the data problem in the future is going to require solutions we can't yet imagine as well as new ways of thinking about the problems.
Episode 105 - More backdoors in open sourceJul 16, 2018 31:45
Episode 104 - The Gentoo security incidentJul 9, 2018 33:14
Josh and Kurt talk about the Gentoo security incident. Gentoo did a really good job being open and dealing with the incident quickly. The basic takeaway from all this is make sure your organization is forcing users to use 2 factor authentication. The long term solution is going to be all identity providers forcing everyone to use 2FA.
Episode 103 - The Seven Properties of Highly Secure DevicesJul 2, 2018 33:23
Episode 102 - Michael Feiertag from tCellJun 25, 2018 30:50
Josh and Kurt talk to Michael Feiertag, the CEO of tCell. We talk about what a Web Application Firewall is, what it does and doesn't do, and what the future of this technology looks like. We touch on how this affects a DevOps environment. Security has to fit into the existing model, not try to change it.
Episode 101 - Our unregulated future is here to stayJun 17, 2018 32:46
Josh and Kurt talk about Bird scooters. The implications of the scooters on the city, segways, bicycles. The topic of how these vehicles interact with pedestrians on the road and trails. It's an example of humans not wanting to follow the rules and generally making the situation annoying for everyone. It's the old security story of new technology without clear rules. The show ends with some horrifying numbers behind how bad things can get before people really care.
Episode 100 - You're bad at buying security, we can help!Jun 11, 2018 35:54
Episode 99 - Consumer security is too broken to fix, and it doesn't matterJun 4, 2018 34:20
Josh and Kurt talk about a number of consumer security issues. The FBI told everyone to reboot their routers which they won't do. The .app top level domain is a cesspool of malware. Everyone has a cell phone and won't update them properly. None of this probably matters though. Unless there are real measurable tragedies caused by this tech, people tend not to really care.
Episode 98 - When IT decisions kill peopleMay 28, 2018 34:24
Episode 97 - Automation: Humans are slow and dumbMay 20, 2018 33:08
Episode 96 - Are legal backdoors a good idea?May 11, 2018 32:54
Episode 95 - Twitter passwords and npm backdoorsMay 7, 2018 29:32
Episode 94 - DNSSEC, BGP, and realityApr 30, 2018 28:18
Episode 93 - Security flaws in beep and patch, how did we get here?Apr 15, 2018 36:04
Episode 92 - Chat with Rami Saas the CEO of WhiteSourceApr 15, 2018 33:34
Episode 91 - Security lessons from a 7 year oldApr 8, 2018 19:04
Josh and Kurt talk to a 7 year old about security. We cover Minecraft security, passwords, hacking, and many many other nuggets of wisdom.