Paul's Security Weekly (Video)

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If you're looking for a bunch of us security nerds to get together and talk shop, then Paul’s Security Weekly is for you. This show features interviews with folks in the security community; technical segments, which are just that, very technical; and security news, which is an open discussion forum for the hosts to express their opinions about the latest security headlines, breaches, new exploits and vulnerabilities, “not” politics, “cyber” policies and more. The topics vary greatly and the atmosphere is relaxed and very conversational. This is a longer show, typically 2+ hours, for those with a long commute.

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Crypto, Bluetooth Vulns, Unsafe Locks - PSW #822

The PSW crew discusses some crypto topics, such as post-quantum and GoFetch, new Flipper Zero projects, RFID hacking and hotel locks, BlueDucky, side channel attacks and more! Show Notes:

1h 55m
Mar 28
Are we winning? - Jason Healey - PSW #822

Jason Healey comes on the show to discuss new ideas on whether the new national cybersecurity strategy is working. Segment Resources: __ __ Show Notes:

1h 5m
Mar 28
A Dive into Vulnerabilities and Compliance - PSW #821

We discuss the always controversial Flipper Zero devices the hidden risks in the undersea cables, and the landscape of government oversight, revealing the intricacies of CVE, KEV, and NVD systems that are the linchpins of our digital safety. The conversation takes a turn to the practicalities of risk management and the impact of individuals on the industry, like Daniel from the curl project, striking a chord with the significance of cybersecurity vulnerabilities compared to environmental pollution. We tackle the challenges of vulnerability prioritization and the importance of a comprehensive approach to managing the ever-evolving threats that target our digital infrastructure. (00:01) Security Practices and Flipper Zero (07:01) Technology and Privacy Concerns in Cars (17:33) Undersea Cables and NVD Issues (27:45) Government Oversight and Funding for Cybersecurity (33:33) Improving Vulnerability Prioritization in Cybersecurity (45:37) Risk Management and CVE Implementation (58:06) Cybersecurity Budget and Risk Management (01:10:48) Unique Challenges in Cybersecurity Industry (01:16:41) Discussion on Open Source and CNAs (01:26:44) Bluetooth Vulnerabilities and Exploits Discussed (01:39:46) Email Security and Compromised Accounts (01:46:23) Cybersecurity Threats and Vulnerabilities (01:52:06) GPU Security Vulnerabilities Explained Show Notes:

1h 58m
Mar 21
Securing All The Things - Josh Corman - PSW #821

Josh Corman joins us to explore how we can make things more secure, making companies make things more secure, and making regulations that make us make things more secure! We will also touch on supply chain security and the state of vulnerability tracking and scoring. Show Notes:

1h 10m
Mar 21
Printers Are "Not Nice" - PSW #820

In the security News end of life routers and exploits, SCCM mis-configurations lead to compromise, apparently you can hack anything with a Flipper Zero, do source code leaks matter?, visibility is important, printer vulnerabilities that no one cares about, friendship gets you firmware, lock hacking continues, VM escapes and risk, and multiple really cool Bluetooth hacking stories. Show Notes:

1h 56m
Mar 14
Memory Safety, Re-Writing Software, and OSS Supply Chains - Omkhar Arasaratnam - PSW #820

Omkhar Arasaratnam is the General Manager of the Open Source Software Foundation (OpenSSF) and appears on the show to discuss memory safety, why re-writing software isn't always the best option, open-source software supply chains, and more! Segment Resources: __ __ Show Notes:

Mar 14
DCNextGen, Memory Safety And More! - PSW #819

BiaSciLab from DEF CON joins us to discuss DCNextGen! In the security News: MouseJacking still works, CISA recommends a complete rebuild, memory safety and re-writing code, not all doorbells are created equal, putting a firewall in front of your LLM, rugged gear and vulnerabilities, PLCs are not safe, neither are Windows kernels.. Segment Resources: Show Notes:

2h 0m
Mar 07
Facing the Reality of Risk Prioritization - Dan DeCloss - PSW #819

Public information about exploits and vulnerabilities alone is not enough to inform prioritization, especially with the growing rate and variety of CVEs. Dan DeCloss, founder and CTO of PlexTrac, joins the show to discuss solving the challenges of risk prioritization to drive faster, more strategic assessment cycles. Spoiler: The key is adding context and prioritization to risk-scoring equations. Segment Resources: This segment is sponsored by PlexTrac. Visit to learn more about them! Show Notes:

1h 4m
Mar 07
Malware In Strange Places, Overheating, LockBit - PSW #818

The latest attacks against WiFi, its illegal to break encryption, BLE Padlocks are as secure as you think, when command not found attacks, how did your vibrator get infected...with malware, the OT jackpot, the backdoor in a random CSRF library, it’s a vulnerability but there is no CVE, car theft and Canada, Glubteba, and settings things on fire! Show Notes:

1h 42m
Feb 29
Social Engineering: AI & Living Off The Land - Jayson E. Street - PSW #818

Jayson joins us to discuss how he is using, and social engineering, AI to help with his security engagements. We also talk about the low-tech tools he employs to get the job done, some tech tools that are in play, and the most important part of any security testing: Talking to people, creating awareness, and great reporting. Show Notes:

1h 10m
Feb 29
Illuminating Cybersecurity Wisdom: Insights from a Thought Leader - Wendy Nather - PSW Vault

Join us in this illuminating podcast episode as we sit down with Wendy Nather, a distinguished thought leader and cybersecurity strategist, who has left an indelible mark on the ever-evolving landscape of digital security. Wendy's journey in cybersecurity is a narrative woven with expertise, innovation, and a deep understanding of the intersection between technology and risk. With a career that spans strategic roles in both the public and private sectors, Wendy has become a trusted voice in the industry, offering insights that resonate with cybersecurity professionals and enthusiasts alike. As the Head of Advisory CISOs at Cisco, Wendy Nather brings a unique perspective to our conversation. Explore with us as she shares her experiences navigating the complex cybersecurity challenges faced by organizations today. Wendy's strategic vision has helped shape cybersecurity policies, risk management frameworks, and resilient strategies for a myriad of enterprises. Dive into Wendy's wealth of knowledge as she discusses the dynamic nature of cyber threats, the importance of proactive cybersecurity measures, and the evolving role of technology in safeguarding our digital future. Her commitment to demystifying complex security concepts and fostering a culture of resilience makes this podcast episode a must-listen for anyone passionate about cybersecurity. Beyond her corporate role, Wendy is a prolific writer, speaker, and educator, contributing to the collective cybersecurity knowledge base. Join us as we explore her insights on emerging trends, best practices, and the human element in cybersecurity—a facet often overlooked but crucial in building robust defense strategies. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable perspectives from one of the industry's leading minds. Tune in to our podcast and discover the wisdom and foresight that Wendy Nather brings to the world of cybersecurity. Show Notes:

1h 5m
Feb 21
Navigating the Cybersecurity Frontier: Insights from a Seasoned Professional - Toby Miller - PSW #817

Welcome to a riveting episode of Hacker Heroes, where we sit down with Toby Miller, a distinguished figure in the realm of cybersecurity. Toby brings a wealth of experience and a passion for fortifying digital landscapes against ever-evolving threats. Armed with a profound understanding of cybersecurity intricacies, Toby has spent years honing his skills in the field. As a seasoned professional, he has not only weathered the storms of the digital frontier but has emerged as a beacon of knowledge and resilience in the face of cyber challenges. Join us as we delve into Toby's journey, from the early days of his career to his current role as a cybersecurity expert. Gain valuable insights into the dynamic nature of cyber threats, the evolving tactics employed by malicious actors, and the strategies Toby employs to stay one step ahead in the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape. Toby's expertise extends across a spectrum of cybersecurity domains, including risk management, threat intelligence, and incident response. Discover the mindset that propels him forward in the pursuit of securing digital infrastructures and safeguarding sensitive information. In this podcast episode, Toby Miller shares anecdotes from the front lines of cybersecurity, offering our listeners a firsthand account of the challenges faced by professionals in the industry. Whether you're a cybersecurity enthusiast, a fellow professional, or someone navigating the digital landscape, Toby's insights are sure to enlighten and inspire. Show Notes:

1h 0m
Feb 15
Panel: Physical Security and Social Engineering - PSW #817

In this segment, we discuss topics related to physical security and social engineering. We also touch on the challenges and strategies for implementing effective security measures. The discussion highlights the importance of understanding the relationship between physical security and social engineering. The panel emphasizes the need for a comprehensive approach to security, acknowledging that social engineering and physical security often go hand in hand. We stress the significance of testing physical security measures and conducting threat assessments to ensure robust protection against potential threats. The conversation touches on the concept of usability versus security, acknowledging that security measures should provide a balance between effective protection and practical usability. We explore the vulnerabilities of certain security technologies, such as biometrics, and underscore the need for continuous evaluation and adaptation of security measures to mitigate emerging threats. Show Notes:

1h 3m
Feb 15
Shim Shady and Algorithm Lovers - PSW #816

In the Security News: - Shim Shady, Up Shims Creek, whatever you want to call it, there’s a vulnerability affecting pretty much all Linux distributions (and other operating systems as well), when your toothbrush attacks the Internet, or some claim, glibc has some vulnerabilities, not all got a CVE, and one is for the algorithm lovers, Google shows some love for Rust, beating Bitlocker in 43 seconds, DEF CON was canceled, then uncancelled, and I’m not even joking this time, and the Government is here to "unhack" your router, Show Notes:

1h 57m
Feb 09
You Can’t Defend What You Can’t Define - Sergey Bratus - PSW #816

As a computer-smitten middle-schooler in the former Soviet Union in the 1970s, to his current and prominent role in the cybersecurity research community, Bratus aims to render the increasingly prevalent and perilous software, hardware, and networks in our lives much safer to use. His fascination with computer security started for real in the 1990s as a mathematics graduate student when a computer he was programming and responsible for at Northeastern University in Boston was taken over by a hacker. That experience set him on his life’s mission to learn as much as he can about the vulnerabilities of software and hardware with the goal of learning how to best minimize or eliminate those vulnerabilities. Noting his embrace of the hacker community for its deep and innovative expertise in this context, Bratus’s portfolio at DARPA could help reduce or entirely remove even some of the most stealthy and unexpected vulnerabilities that reside in software and its logical, computational, and mathematical foundations. Segment Resources: • Overall Portfolio: • Safe Documents: • Enhanced SBOM for Optimized Software Sustainment: • V-SPELLS program: • Digital Corpora Project: • SocialCyber: • Weird Machines: • Safe Docs: • Exploit programming: Show Notes:

1h 4m
Feb 08
Identifying Bad By Defining Good - Danny Jenkins - PSW #815

Danny Jenkins, CEO & Co-Founder of ThreatLocker, a cybersecurity firm providing Zero Trust endpoint security, is a leading cybersecurity expert with over two decades of experience building and securing corporate networks, including roles on red and blue teams. He is dedicated to educating industry professionals about the latest cyber threats and frequently speaks on the topics of ransomware and Zero Trust. This segment is sponsored by ThreatLocker. Visit to learn more about them! Show Notes:

Feb 01
CVE, CVSS, EPSS Falls Short - PSW #815

When an RCE really isn’t, your kernel is vulnerable, calling all Windows 3.11 experts, back to Ebay, Turkish websites and credentials, 10 public exploits for the same vulnerability, hacking Bitcoin ATMs, another vulnerability disclosure timeline gone wrong, Flipper Zero tips and how you should not use it to change traffic lights, Windows 11 S mode, and you’re dead (but like in the movie Hackers dead), and more! Show Notes:

2h 2m
Feb 01
MS Breach, printers, Android hacking - PSW #814

In the Security News: Don’t expose your supercomputer, auth bypass and command injection FTW, just patch it, using OSQuery against you, massive credential stuffing, backdoors in Harmony, looking at Android, so basically I am licensing my printer, hacking Tesla, injecting keystrokes over Bluetooth, and remembering the work of David L. Mills. Show Notes:

2h 12m
Jan 25
What Smart CISOs and Mature Orgs Get That Others Don’t About Cyber Compliance - Matt Coose - PSW #814

Matt Coose is the founder and CEO of cybersecurity compliance firm Qmulos, previously the director of Federal Network Security for the National Cyber Security Division of the (DHS). CISOs carry the ultimate burden and weight of compliance and reporting and are often the last buck. Says Coose, best-of-breed is better described as best-to-bleed-the-budget: it’s a bottom-up, tech-first, reactive approach for acquiring technology as opposed to managing risk. Choose shares his top considerations below for how CISOs can navigate the crowded market of cybersecurity tools when cost is highly scrutinized, but regulations keep growing. Platforms are what every vendor dreams of being called, but no platform does it all, says Coose. Coose shares what smart CISOs and mature organizations understand, that others don’t: • There’s no “buying their way out of security issues or into a better risk posture.” They understand the need to evolve to a top-down, risk-driven, inherently business-aligned, dynamically adaptable, and evidence-based security management strategy. • That looking at technology choices through the lens of risk controls (and the related data provided by technology that implements those controls) enables credible and transparent strategic tech portfolio management decisions that are immune to vendor preferences or the latest market(ing) fads. • The need for meaningful security and risk measurement and the difference between leading and lagging indicators. • The original intent of security and regulatory compliance as a model for proactive and consistent risk management (leading indicator), not just a historical reporting and audit function (lagging indicator). • That managing risk, compliance, and security as distinct and separate functions is not only wasteful and inefficient, but denies the enterprise the ability to cross-leverage significant people, process, and technology investments Show Notes:

1h 2m
Jan 25
Bigpanzi, PixieFAIL, Dark Xmas - PSW #813

In the Security News: Bricked Xmas, If you can hack a wrench, PixieFail and disclosure woes, exposing Bigpanzi (more Android supply chain issues, 20 years of OpenWRT, Jamming, traffic lights, and batteries don’t work that well in the extreme cold. All that and more on this episode of Paul’s Security Weekly! Show Notes:

1h 50m
Jan 18
K-12 Cybersecurity - Brian Stephens - PSW #813

With a recent increase in government attention on K–12 cybersecurity, there is a pressing need to shed light on the challenges school districts face in implementing necessary security measures. Why? Budgeting constraints pose significant obstacles in meeting recommended cybersecurity standards. Brian Stephens of Funds For Learning will discuss: __ __   Here are links to the most current blog posts about Cybersecurity Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Wi-Fi hotspots and school bus Wi-Fi Funds For Learning also facilitated an informational webinar on the Cyberserucrity Notice for Proposed Rulemaking Funds For Learning also conducts an annual survey for E-rate applicants to provide their feedback on the E-rate program. The responses are shared with the FCC through the Funds For Learnings annual E-rate Trends Report. Lastly, here is an article from Brian about cybersecurity and why it should be funded through E-rate Show Notes:

1h 1m
Jan 18
We're Old Now - PSW #812

The Exploit Prediction Scoring System is Awesome, or so some say, Reflections on InfoSec, Why some people don’t trust science, SSH-Snake, Back in the Driver’s seat, I Hacked My Internet Service Provider, States & Congress wrestle with cybersecurity, Combining AI with human brain cells, analyzing linux-firmware, detecting BLE SPAM, and The I in LLM. Show Notes:

1h 47m
Jan 11
The Evolution of Purple Teaming - Jared Atkinson - PSW #812

Jared would like to discuss the evolution of purple teaming. Put bluntly, he believes traditional purple team approaches don’t test enough variations of attack techniques, delivering a false sense of detection coverage. He would like to talk about: The shortcomings of red team assessments and why most purple team assessments are too limited. How the testing landscape and requirements have changed (especially as organizations now look to validate vendor tools defense claims). How purple team assessments are evolving with the use of new frameworks like Atomic Testing. And the importance of building and selecting good test cases that cover the many ways attack techniques can be modified. Show Notes:

1h 5m
Jan 11
Hacker Heroes - Casey Ellis - PSW Vault

Unleashing the Power of Crowdsourced Cybersecurity: A Conversation with Casey Ellis, Founder of Bugcrowd ️Meet Casey Ellis, the visionary entrepreneur who has redefined the landscape of cybersecurity through the groundbreaking platform he built – Bugcrowd. As the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Bugcrowd, Casey Ellis has not only revolutionized the way organizations approach cybersecurity but has also championed the concept of crowdsourced security testing. With an innate passion for hacking and a deep understanding of the evolving threat landscape, Casey embarked on a mission to democratize cybersecurity. In our upcoming podcast interview, delve into the dynamic journey of a self-proclaimed hacker turned cybersecurity pioneer. Casey's brainchild, Bugcrowd, serves as a global community of ethical hackers and security professionals who collaborate to uncover and address vulnerabilities in digital systems. Learn how this innovative approach has empowered organizations across industries to proactively secure their digital assets, embracing the power of the collective in the fight against cyber threats. A trailblazer in the cybersecurity space, Casey Ellis brings a unique perspective to the podcast as he shares insights on the challenges and triumphs of building Bugcrowd from the ground up. Explore the intersections of technology, security, and community-driven solutions with a leader who has not only disrupted the status quo but has also fostered a culture of continuous improvement and collaboration. Join us for a riveting conversation as we uncover the secrets behind Bugcrowd's success, the evolving role of ethical hacking in today's digital landscape, and Casey's vision for a more secure and interconnected future. Whether you're a cybersecurity enthusiast, a tech aficionado, or simply curious about the forces shaping our digital world, this podcast episode with Casey Ellis is a must-listen. Show Notes:

1h 15m
Jan 03
Interview with Dr. Whitfield Diffie - PSW Vault

Dr. Diffie is a pioneer of public-key cryptography and was VP of Information Security and Cryptography at ICANN. He is author of "Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption". Show Notes:

Dec 27, 2023
Learning About Firmware Security - Xeno Kovah - PSW #811

Firmware security is a deeply technical topic that's hard to get started in. In this episode of Below the Surface, Xeno will discuss some past work in firmware security, and how he has organized resources such as a low level timeline (with over 300 talks), and free MOOC classes, to help teach people about firmware security. Segment Resources: This segment is sponsored by Eclypsium. Visit to learn more about them! Show Notes:

1h 0m
Dec 21, 2023
Supply Chain - PSW #811

AI generated description fun: "As the glasses are filled and the mood lightens, our veteran guests, each with a legendary tale or two tucked under their virtual belts, embark on a journey through the complex landscape of supply chain security. These old dogs share war stories, anecdotes, and hard-earned wisdom about the evolving challenges and threats that have shaped their illustrious careers. From the early days of computing to the present era of interconnected systems, our panelists delve into the intricacies of securing the supply chain. Expect insights on the timeless art of social engineering, the ever-expanding attack surface, and the unforeseen vulnerabilities that emerge when least expected." Talking points: __ __ Show Notes:

Dec 20, 2023
LogoFAIL, Default Passwords and Android Hacking - PSW #810

Analyzing firmware with EMBA, TinyXML, and the ugly supply chain, ignoring vulnerabilities that allow attackers to turn off your vehicle, Android lock screen bypass and running water, LogoFAIL updates, and the confusing severity, you still haven’t patched Log4Shell, the password is 123456, and an amazing Bluetooth hack that affects you! Show Notes:

1h 54m
Dec 14, 2023
Embracing AI - Alex Sharpe - PSW #810

Mr. Sharpe is a long-time (+30 years) Cybersecurity, Governance, and Digital Transformation expert with real-world operational experience. Mr. Sharpe has run business units and has influenced national policy. He has spent much of his career helping corporations and government agencies create value while mitigating cyber risk. This gives him a pragmatic understanding of the delicate balance between Business realities, Cybersecurity, and Operational Effectiveness. He began his career at NSA, moving into the Management Consulting ranks building practices at Booz Allen and KPMG. He subsequently co-founded two firms with successful exits, including the Hackett Group (NASDAQ HCKT). He has participated in over 20 M&A transactions. He has delivered to clients in over 20 countries on 6 continents. Show Notes:

1h 2m
Dec 14, 2023
Holiday News Edition Featuring Special Guests - PSW #809

In the Security News: If we still can’t change default passwords, we all lose, The Flipper Zero, NO CVE FOR YOU, New tools that are not new at all, The BIOS logo attack vector, a $15 router that has secrets, turns out AI is stupid, and SLAM, dun dun ot, Spectre based on linear address masking, Show Notes:

1h 7m
Dec 09, 2023