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Our Philosophy

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

DOUBLEPULSAR over RDP: Baselining Badness on the Internet
Part of the mission of the Rapid7 Labs team is to help reduce internet exposure-related risk through internet-wide visibility and data collection, analytics, and public collaboration. Our Project Sonar effort tries to understand attacker opportunity by measuring software, versions, and configuration...
Tom Sellers
Feb 04, 2020
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DOUBLEPULSAR RCE 2: An RDP Story
In this sequel, wvu recounts the R&D (in all its imperfect glory) behind creating a Metasploit module for the DOUBLEPULSAR implant's lesser-known RDP variant. If you're unfamiliar with the more common SMB variant, you can read our blog post detailing how we achieved RCE with it. Table of Contents Background...
William Vu
Feb 04, 2020
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Active Exploitation of Citrix NetScaler (CVE-2019-19781): What You Need to Know
On Dec. 17, 2019, a directory traversal vulnerability was announced in the Citrix Application Discovery Controller and Citrix Gateway, which would allow a remote, unauthenticated user to write a file to a location on disk. Affected products include: Citrix ADC and Citrix Gateway version 13.0 all supported...
Derek Abdine
Jan 17, 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

Stay ahead of attackers by keeping up with the latest disclosures. Rapid7 is a CVE Numbering Authority, helping drive industry standards for vuln and exposure identifiers and classification. Learn about our Vulnerability and Disclosure Policy.

R7-2019-40: Bloomsky SKY2 Weather Camera Station Data Authenticity and Exposure Vulnerabilities
A number of information leak vulnerabilities are present in the Bloomsky SKY2 network, obtainable via JSON queries intended to work with the Bloomsky SKY2 Weather Camera Stations. This includes individual users' email addresses, mobile operating system information, and lat/long geographical data, which...
Tod Beardsley
Jan 29, 2020
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IoT Vuln Disclosure: Children's GPS Smart Watches (R7-2019-57)
Executive summary As part of a recent IoT hacking training exercise, a number of Rapid7 penetration testers set out to identify vulnerabilities in a number of children's GPS-enabled smart watches under the guidance of IoT Research Lead Deral Heiland. Three different brands of watches were purchased from...
Tod Beardsley
Dec 11, 2019
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R7-2019-32: Denial-of-Service Vulnerabilities in Beckhoff TwinCAT PLC Environment
Rapid7 researcher Andreas Galauner has discovered two vulnerabilities affecting the TwinCAT PLC environment. The first, CVE-2019-5637 describes a denial-of-service (DoS) condition resulting from a divide-by-zero error CWE-369 when processing a malformed UDP packet, and has a CVSSv3 base score of 7.5....
Tod Beardsley
Oct 08, 2019
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The Minds Behind the Research
Meet the Full Team
Tas Giakouminakis
Tas Giakouminakis
Bob Rudis
Bob Rudis
Derek Abdine
Derek Abdine
Tod Beardsley
Tod Beardsley
Deral Heiland
Deral Heiland

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  • Discovery of internet-facing assets in InsightVM using integration with Project Sonar
  • Identification of weak or distrusted certs using research on SSL certificate ecosystem
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