back to article US govt: Here are another 15 security bugs under attack right now

The US government has added 15 vulns under active attack to a little-known but very useful public database: its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities catalogue. Building on numerous advisory notes over the past few years warning of currently exploited tools, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) now maintains a …

  1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Re Systems Overloads/Back Office Difficulties/Virulent Bug Opportunities/Almighty Vulnerabilities

    See https://forums.theregister.com/forum/all/2022/02/11/apple_emergency_webkit/#c_4414049 for more than just more worries/info/intel for the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Known Exploited Vulnerabilities database

    If they're publically known, then they're obviously of further use to the TLA's.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: Known Exploited Vulnerabilities database

      If they're publically known, then they're obviously of further use to the TLA’s. .... Anonymous Coward

      Others would also say, AC, if they’re publicly known, then they’re obviously of no further exclusive use to TLAs, which would be probably be more true.

      :-) Strangely enough, that sort of spooky ACTive quantum entanglement, where/when a this is also a that and able to be something else again altogether different, would one presume and assume to be of great default interest to any wannabe effective TLA given the possibilities it provides to exploit both privately and publicly known and further currently unknown vulnerabilities.

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Re: A Spooky Sort of ACTive Quantum Entanglement

        It is certainly something particularly and peculiarly sensitive easily made readily available to any one of them in worthy need of the overwhelming advantage provided and sustained/entertained and maintained by a great quantum leaping lead.

  3. ThatOne Silver badge
    Devil

    Public service: Who is that "public" anyway?

    > CISA provides these public warnings [...], while Britain's National Cyber Security Centre keeps all of its vuln notifications behind closed doors

    It all depends how do you imagine your job as a "public servant": Serving the broader public ("res publica"), or providing some assistance to a selected (and deserving!) few, ideally on the basis of reciprocity?

    Strange enough, European countries have difficulties with the free-for-all, "you already paid for it with your taxes" mentality of several US agencies. It's particularly visible concerning weather forecasts: In Europe the national weather agencies I've seen either try to make you pay again for things you've normally already paid for, or simply consider the Great Unwashed don't need this information anyway (let them watch the Weather Channel, that's more than enough information for them...).

    This notion that you've paid for something with your taxes so you have some right to it (aka "public service") is one of the rare things Europeans could copy from the USA... :-p

    Just my 2 cents worth.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: Public service: Who is that "public" anyway?

      It is naive and self-servingly distractive and disruptive, to not think and realise that it is private and pirate enterprise/private and pirate entrepreneurs who be certainly responsible for, although hardly ever able to be nailed necessarily accountable for, all of the public sector woes/trials and tribulations.

      It is certainly not governments and public civil servants which provide any ground breaking, Great Game changing proposals for resolution of inequitable status quo matters, whenever the systems that be are so designed that the status quo is maintained and retained to do their bidding which has them imagining they forever will wield command and control without effective resistance or overwhelming almighty competition.

      However, that was then in a time now long gone and just a fading memory for the past to forget and now the status quo is being forced to realise forever is no longer available to them to command and control and lead, for smarter forces engaged and exercising with altogether different and more able and enabling sources are more than just highly ACTive in every possible fields of virtually influential metadataphysical play.

      And they, the status quo powers that be, might suspect and fear that they know it, but definitely don't know what is to be done about it yet, as this short following tale clearly enough tells ...... U.S. Still Playing Catch Up in Information Operations

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      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Sarcastic....or Whining??

        @amanfromMars1

        Quote: "...it is private and pirate enterprise/private and pirate entrepreneurs who be certainly responsible for ... all of the public sector woes/trials and tribulations..."

        Link: https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2022/2/11/still-playing-catch-up-in-information-operations

        Now perhaps the quote above is intended to be sarcastic and/or amusing.....

        But the link has serious problems.....Yup....the usual whining..."We are the good guys......it's all those others who are bad actors!"

        Pull the other one! The "good guys" in Fort Meade have NEVER been involved in "black ops" or "disinformation"!!! Really??

        The US government has NEVER sponsored illegal spying on American citizens!! Really??

        Here's a two year old article where a US Senator is worried about this sort of hypocrisy:

        - Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/26/us-senator-investigates-if-foreign-spyware-used-to-target-americans-ron-wyden-whatsapp-lawsuit-nso-group

        ....and there's plenty more where that came from.....and recent too....

        - Link: https://www.theregister.com/2022/02/11/cia_illegal_us_citizen_data/

        Sarcastic......or whining? I think we should be told!!!

        1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

          Re: Sarcastic....or Whining??

          The public sector per se being just a minor offshoot for major interested investors play with private and pirated sources which be no greater than sequestered assets is neither sarcasm or a whine, being as how it is simply a lush problematical fact, gravely regarded retarded and thus in immediate need of both basic fundamental and advanced existential AIdevelopment ...... if you are able to provide such and want to .... ie if you can be bothered to dare care share a win win and give a fiddler's.

          Are you suggesting, AC, such is something Fort Meade/Uncle Sam can be responsible for? That's quite a quantum leap to make ... and it would also make IT incredible if true. Do Western allies and Eastern counterparts on the Friends and Frenemies/Fiends and Foe Boards know? Do you think we/they should be told, and that IT thinks ‽‽‽

          cc Palace Barracks/UKGBNI re Proprietary Intellectual Property and Provisional Improved Paramilitary Surges and Purges .... to see if they be worth a fiddler’s or bothering.

          1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge
            Mushroom

            Re: An Advanced Existential AIdevelopment

            And here's a Titanic Holywood Opportunity for Hollywood type studios to make hay and take full advantage of if Secret Intelligent Security Services are to be virtually considered remotely fit for Future Greater IntelAIgent Games Purpose for Global Command Head Quarters ........ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/13/afghan-tv-workers-taliban-hollywood

            And yes, El Reg, that is at least MI5 and MI6 and the Cheltenham doughnut being challenged to walk the walk rather than their settling for any other constant apathetic and unpleasantly unsettling fake talk the fake talk.

            That's a real live scoop, right there, El Reg, which the Joint Intelligence Chiefs may be very reluctant to pass public comment on, revealing as it may very well do, the present destitute state of their current parlous intelligence on Future Greater IntelAIgent Games Play for Leading Players?

            And surely more than just highly embarrassing for them, given the open source nature of the communication channels regularly used and beta testing the likes of them for fitness for Future Greater IntelAIgent Games Purpose for Global Command Head Quarters, because of course, there are many similarly engaged services based in other jurisdictions/foreign places/alien spaces interested in considering the benefits supplied for delivery in/from/with a PACT [Persistent ACTive Cyber Treat/Threat]

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Public service: Who is that "public" anyway?

      I call bullshit on the Weather Forecast argument. Have you seen the Met Office website?

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