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Critical Cosmos Database Flaw Affected Thousands of Microsoft Azure Customers

Critical Cosmos Database Flaw Affected Thousands of Microsoft Azure Customers

August 27, 2021Ravie Lakshmanan
Cloud infrastructure security company Wiz on Thursday revealed details of a now-fixed Azure Cosmos database vulnerability that could have been potentially exploited to grant any Azure user full admin access to other customers' database instances without any authorization. The flaw, which grants read, write, and delete privileges, has been dubbed " ChaosDB ," with Wiz researchers noting that "the vulnerability has a trivial exploit that doesn't require any previous access to the target environment, and impacts thousands of organizations, including numerous Fortune 500 companies." Cosmos DB is Microsoft's proprietary  NoSQL database  that's advertised as "a fully managed service" that "takes database administration off your hands with automatic management, updates and patching." The Wiz Research Team reported the issue to Microsoft on August 12, after which the Windows maker took steps to mitigate the issue within 48 hours of r
The Top Free Tools for Sysadmins in 2021

The Top Free Tools for Sysadmins in 2021

February 25, 2021The Hacker News
It's no secret that sysadmins have plenty on their plates. Managing, troubleshooting, and updating software or hardware is a tedious task. Additionally, admins must grapple with complex webs of permissions and security. This can quickly become overwhelming without the right tools. If you're a sysadmin seeking to simplify your workflows, you're in luck. We've gathered some excellent software picks to help tackle different duties more efficiently.  Thankfully, these free tools are also respectful of tight budgets—without sacrificing core functionality. Best for Permissions Management: SolarWinds Permissions Analyzer for Active Directory Whether you are part of an organization with many members or numerous resources, keeping track of permissions can be challenging. Changes in responsibilities, titles, or even employment statuses can influence one's access to proprietary data. Each user has unique privileges. We not only need to visualize these but manage them on
DuckDuckGo Goodies that every SysAdmin Should Know

DuckDuckGo Goodies that every SysAdmin Should Know

February 03, 2014Anonymous
DuckDuckGo , a private search engine that doesn't track your data over the internet and respects your online privacy ,  offers hundreds of Goodies that let you quickly do certain things like Programming, Math, Geek, Music related things. In our previous article, we have posted Cryptography hacks using DuckDuckGo search engine and today we are going to give another tutorial on DuckDuckGo Goodies for Sysadmins . Meaning of FTP Code: Being a system administrator, you might need to connect to a number of FTP servers. While handling FTP service you must be aware of the response code that it will give you when you initiate a connection or a new command. The FTP server response code will be of three digits and each digit has a special meaning. First digit denotes whether the response is good, bad or incomplete. There are hundreds of such FTP response codes. DuckDuckGo provides system administrators a facility to find the meaning of the response code received from the FTP
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