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We believe security is the responsibility of all technology users, manufacturers, and intermediaries and that collaboration is the only way to achieve long-term change. That’s why we’re committed to openly sharing security information, helping our peers to learn, grow, and develop new capabilities, and supporting each other in raising and addressing issues that affect the cybersecurity community.

Latest Research

CVE-2020-2021 Authentication Bypass in PAN-OS Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) Authentication Disclosed
Overview of the SAML authentication vulnerability on PAN-OS devices <!--kg-card-begin: html-->On Monday, June 29, 2020, Palo Alto released details on CVE-2020-2021, a new, critical weakness in SAML authentication on PAN-OS devices. This vulnerability impacts: <!--kg-card-end: html--> PAN-OS 9.1 versions...
boB Rudis
Jun 29, 2020
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Building a Printed Circuit Board Probe Testing Jig
When working on embedded hardware, there is often a need to connect into the printed circuit board (PCB) for testing. This typically requires soldering very fine wire (often 30- or 40-gauge wire) under a microscope to very small test points on PCB before real testing can take place, which can be very...
Deral Heiland
Jun 29, 2020
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Rapid7 Quarterly Threat Report: 2020 Q1
If calendars still hold any meaning for you, you may be dimly aware that it's now midway through the second quarter of 2020, which means we've just wrapped up our first-quarter analysis of the threat landscape out there on the internet. Or is it, "in here on the internet?" I'm having trouble deciding...
Tod Beardsley
Jun 03, 2020
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Impact Across Industries
Rapid7 researchers constantly work to uncover unknowns as far as technology reaches.
Consumer Technology
It’s hard to imagine our lives without tech glued to our hands. Reality is, security risks are present in even the most unassuming, commonplace devices. Over the years, our researchers have discovered and made public several critical vulnerabilities capable of compromising your personal data and safety in everything from printers, baby monitors, vehicles, and even children’s toys.
Business Technology
It’s no big secret that security has far-reaching impacts on a business—including on its bottom line. The work of our researchers has helped global organizations secure their internal processes, as well as the safety of the customers who rely on them; these improvements can be seen in medical devices, healthcare software, broadcasting equipment, corporate networks, and more.
Public Infrastructure
While most of us don’t spend our days thinking about critical infrastructure, it’s core to the functioning of our world as we know it. Therefore, as the need to innovate it grows, so does our need to secure it. Given our collective dependency on infrastructure, our researchers make it a priority to investigate how to secure emerging tech like smart sensors, while our Public Policy efforts aim to help governments adopt these innovations securely.

Vulnerability Disclosures

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CVE-2020-2021 Authentication Bypass in PAN-OS Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) Authentication Disclosed
Overview of the SAML authentication vulnerability on PAN-OS devices <!--kg-card-begin: html-->On Monday, June 29, 2020, Palo Alto released details on CVE-2020-2021, a new, critical weakness in SAML authentication on PAN-OS devices. This vulnerability impacts: <!--kg-card-end: html--> PAN-OS 9.1 versions...
boB Rudis
Jun 29, 2020
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Dispelling Zoom Bugbears: What You Need to Know About the Latest Zoom Vulnerabilities
Wow, this past week has been a pretty long year for Zoom. As the COVID-19 global pandemic moved the whole knowledge-working world abruptly to work-from-home, virtual meetings are rapidly becoming de rigueur for pretty much everyone I know. As a result, Zoom's stock price hit an all-time high in mid-March...
Tod Beardsley
Apr 02, 2020
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R7-2019-39 | CVE-2019-5648: LDAP Credential Exposure in Barracuda Load Balancer ADC (FIXED)
This post describes CVE-2019-5648, a vulnerability in the Barracuda Load Balancer ADC. A malicious actor who gains authenticated, administrative access to a Barracuda Load Balancer ADC can edit the LDAP service configuration of the balancer and change the LDAP server to an attacker-controlled system,...
Sam Huckins
Mrz 05, 2020
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Tas Giakouminakis
Tas Giakouminakis
Bob Rudis
Bob Rudis
Derek Abdine
Derek Abdine
Tod Beardsley
Tod Beardsley
Deral Heiland
Deral Heiland

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