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posted by requerdanos on Saturday August 05 2023, @11:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the negligent-cybersecurity-practices dept.

https://arstechnica.com/security/2023/08/microsoft-cloud-security-blasted-for-its-culture-of-toxic-obfuscation/

Microsoft has once again come under blistering criticism for the security practices of Azure and its other cloud offerings, with the CEO of security firm Tenable saying Microsoft is "grossly irresponsible" and mired in a "culture of toxic obfuscation."

The comments from Amit Yoran, chairman and CEO of Tenable, come six days after Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) blasted Microsoft for what he said were "negligent cybersecurity practices" that enabled hackers backed by the Chinese government to steal hundreds of thousands of emails from cloud customers, including officials in the US Departments of State and Commerce. Microsoft has yet to provide key details about the mysterious breach, which involved the hackers obtaining an extraordinarily powerful encryption key granting access to a variety of its other cloud services. The company has taken pains ever since to obscure its infrastructure's role in the mass breach.

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Yoran has more to add to the senator’s arguments, writing in his post that Microsoft has demonstrated a “repeated pattern of negligent cybersecurity practices,” enabling Chinese hackers to spy on the US government. He also revealed Tenable’s discovery of an additional cybersecurity flaw in Microsoft Azure and says the company took too long to address it.

Tenable initially discovered the flaw in March and found that it could give bad actors access to a company’s sensitive data, including a bank. Yoran claims Microsoft took “more than 90 days to implement a partial fix” after Tenable notified the company, adding that the fix only applies to “new applications loaded in the service.” According to Yoran, the bank and all the other organizations “that had launched the service prior to the fix” are still affected by the flaw — and are likely unaware of that risk.

Yoran says Microsoft plans to fix the issue by the end of September but calls the delayed response “grossly irresponsible, if not blatantly negligent.” He also points to data from Google’s Project Zero, which indicates that Microsoft products have made up 42.5 percent of all discovered zero-day vulnerabilities since 2014.

“What you hear from Microsoft is ‘just trust us,’ but what you get back is very little transparency and a culture of toxic obfuscation,” Yoran writes. “How can a CISO, board of directors or executive team believe that Microsoft will do the right thing given the fact patterns and current behaviors?”


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  • (Score: 2) by RamiK on Sunday August 06 2023, @11:13AM (1 child)

    by RamiK (1813) on Sunday August 06 2023, @11:13AM (#1319356)

    Of course they won't. They're a major software vendor and service provider with layers of EULAs to shrug their responsibilities and an armies of lawyers and lobbyists on retention to keep it that way.

    That's the whole point: It's not a technical problem nor is it specific to Microsoft or any other major vendor since Red Hat/IBM does the exact same thing with linux and Amazon does the same thing with their cloud services. Fundamentally, it's a market problem where hosting costs only go down at scales but, in the absence of goverment intervention, getting to those scales means cutting at reliability and security.

    So, we can play the blame game and point fingers at the suppliers for giving the customers what they want or try aiming at their customers saying how they should do more to secure the customers' data... But, practically speaking, just like with seat belts and air bags, the only solution here is for the legislator and regulator to step in.

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  • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Sunday August 06 2023, @12:02PM

    by Gaaark (41) on Sunday August 06 2023, @12:02PM (#1319361) Journal

    Which comes down to personal responsibility: they don't HAVE to use any of the MS/Amazon/Red Hat/IBM/? products. They CAN host/do it yourself, they just CHOOSE not to.

    So, they DO have to take SOME responsibility.

    But YES: legislate the F*CK out of them. PLEASE.

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