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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

NICER Protocol Deep Dive: Internet Exposure of Remote Desktop (RDP)
Welcome to the NICER Protocol Deep Dive blog series! When we started researching what all was out on the internet way back in January, we had no idea we'd end up with a hefty, 137-page tome of a research report. The sheer length of such a thing might put off folks who might otherwise learn a thing or...
Tod Beardsley
Oct 23, 2020
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PSA: Increase in RDP Attacks Means It's Time to Mind Your RDPs and Qs
This week, Rapid7 Managed Detection and Response’s (MDR) intrepid investigators identified an increase in RDP attacks targeting RDP servers without multi-factor authentication enabled. Given that a fair number of folks are still working remotely, it’s no wonder that attackers continue to seek out and...
boB Rudis
Oct 09, 2020
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This One Time on a Pen Test: Doing Well With XML
Each year, Rapid7 penetration testers complete hundreds of internally and externally based penetration testing service engagements. This post is part of an ongoing series featuring testimonials of what goes on beneath the hoodie. For more insights, check out our 2020 Under the Hoodie report. <!--kg-card-begin:...
Tommy Dew
Oct 07, 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.

Vulntober: Multiple Mobile Browser Address Bar Spoofing Vulnerabilities
Today, we're announcing a coordinated vulnerability disclosure publication with our longtime mobile hacker friend, Rafay Baloch. If you'd like to just jump straight to the technical details for these vulnerabilities, I invite you to read his paper here. If you want to know more about why this vulnerability...
Tod Beardsley
Oct 20, 2020
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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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