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Happy Ada Lovelace Day
I have been sadly delinquent in blogging lately and what better motivation to restart than to celebrate Ada Lovelace day . And what better way to celebrate than to blog about one of the great computer scientists of our time. I recently came across a computer scientist who I knew very little about, though I had seen and used the principle named after her for years. For some reason I took the...
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Shellshock follow-up
This is a follow-up to our post from the 25th on the Shellshock issue. Information security is extremely important to ThoughtWire and we started a thorough investigation immediately after the Bash 'Shellshock' vulnerability was announced on September 24th. That investigation has continued as we reviewed both internal and customer servers. All servers have been patched and we have done an...
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Bash ‘Shellshock’
Information security is extremely important to ThoughtWire and we started a thorough investigation immediately after the Bash 'Shellshock' vulnerability was announced on September 24th. The ThoughtWire platform does not directly incorporate or use Bash scripts and therefore we do not believe there is a security risk. Additional Details: This is a very new exploit and details about...
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Notes from Identity North
I spent part of a couple of days this week at the Identity North conference here in Toronto and there was a lot of really interesting discussions. I was struck by the mix of people from a range of sectors coming together to discuss identity and the role it is playing in the development of online services. Of particular interest were these presentations. Digital Identity in Estonia ...
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Heartbleed and OpenSSL Statement
The ThoughtWire platform does not directly incorporate or use OpenSSL. Nevertheless, information security is extremely important to ThoughtWire and we started a thorough investigation immediately after the OpenSSL vulnerability was announced on April 8th. Additional Details: ThoughtWire uses Forgerock's OpenAm for authentication, which was not exposed to this bug (see: ...
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