Monday, October 27, 2014

into security? (+pizza)? inside shellshock, tomorrow, by Barracuda

scared of bugs?
Don't worry. At this pizza-infused tech talk, you'll be doing all the biting. If you're into security at all (or even if not), you probably know the name Barracuda. They're big in infoSec & they're local (Campbell) so the Computer Science and Computer Engineering departments here at SJSU were able to get them to come to campus tomorrow (Tuesday, the 28th, 4:30pm, Engr 337) to explain the how and why of the Shellshock exploit that came out last month.

You've probably heard about that too. According to infoSec blogger Brian KrebsExperts say the flaw, dubbed “Shellshock,” is so intertwined with the modern Internet that it could prove challenging to fix, and in the short run is likely to put millions of networks and countless consumer records at risk of compromise.

So yeah, that's scary. Not as scary as having a bug the size of a cantaloupe crawling your face but scary enough to be cool to learn about. Of course, it's always a good idea to make contact with the hot local tech firms you might want to work for someday, too, so check it out if you dare.

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