The Razor: ep 2

CISA making noise, OWASP API 10, and AI-enhanced shopping lists

Here we are in October already! Hacktoberfest is in full swing and we've already had 64 new people join people join us as contributors. It's been amazing to watch. If you've ever wanted to make a contribution to a popular open source project, but didn't know how to begin, there's still plenty of issues to get started with.

For now, on with the showโ€ฆ


  • ๐Ÿฅท Hackers got into Okta: Krebs has a story that explains how hackers were able to use customer cookies or session tokens that were shared in support tickets to then compromise customer's systems. Affected customers were notified โ€” the reporting so far seems to suggest that customers noticed the attempts and were able to thwart them.
  • ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚ Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) with all the advisories: It's been a busy month or so for CISA with a number a notices across a range of areas. First there's a report stating that [multiple nation-state threat actors have been exploiting known vulnerabilities], namely in Zoho ManageEngine and FortiOS SSL-VPN. Next was a warning that attackers could modify router firmware without detection. If you're working with OT or industrial systems you'll want to take a look at their guidance for Improving Open Source Software in Operational Technology and Industrial Control Systems. Earlier this month they published their Top 10 Cybersecurity Misconfigurations โ€” a list of expected things that people are still often getting wrong. This is why at Ockam thinks it's so critical to shift towards building systems that are secure-by-design: it's time to stop hoping people will get every single security detail right, they need to be right by default!
  • ๐Ÿ” Don't just take our word for it: CISA are across this topic too: Open Source Software Must Start with Secure Code.
  • ๐Ÿ OWASP Top 10 for APIs: The OWASP group published their list of top 10 API security risks and much like the CISA misconfigurations list it's a who's who of the same issues plaguing the industry for a decade or more.
  • ๐Ÿš— No privacy in your car: Mozilla reviews 25 major card brands and made the bold proclamation that they're all a privacy nightmare on wheels. Along with the privacy concerns they've raised about how manufacturers can use/sell your data, not one of the brands reviewed met Mozilla's "Minimum Security Standards"! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
  • ๐ŸŸ Wet wet wet: This one is a bit of a throwback given it happened in 2018, but I thought it's a wonderful reminder that you're only ever as strong as your weakest link. And apparently that weakest link can be an IoT connected thermometer in a fish tank.


  • ๐ŸŽจ Add some color to your life: Flexoki is "an inky color scheme for prose and code". What does that actually mean? It means Steph took his years of experience of working with dyes and inks and applied it towards designing a syntax highlighting color scheme that's optimized for perceptual balance. He explains why replicating the way ink colors mix in a digital medium is hard, and there's a link to a SIGGRAPH talk that goes into even more detail. The results are beautiful! ๐Ÿคฉ I've already switched my terminals and IDEs over.
  • ๐Ÿš Need a new shell?? Marcell is a shell. It embraces the UNIX philosophy of using pipes as a form of composition, but takes it a step further by returning Python values such as lists and tuples rather than a text stream. Given how often I've found myself having to use sed, cut, awk, and/or jq to massage data into the form I need, this has me intrigued. Being able to manipulate outputs directly inline with Python also has a certain appeal to it. However I've such a strong muscle memory for my existing habits so I can't see myself changing to this as my daily driver just yet. If you do take if for a spin please let me know how it goes!

Product spotlight

  • ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿณ What are we cooking up? The team at Ockam have been working on something new, and we'll be ready to ship an early alpha version of it in the next two weeks. If you're interested in taking it for a spin and you're willing to record & share with us a video of yourself trying it out (so that we can see any UX issues you run into and fix them) please reply to this email and let me know!
  • ๐Ÿ“‹ Get compliant: This looks early, but also interesting: If you've ever gone through the process to get official recognition of the most common compliance frameworks (for example ISO27001, SOC2) then you'll know a lot of the work isn't fun. claims to streamline this via the clever use of everyone's favorite buzzwordโ€ฆ AI! The video on the homepage shows how it can help you generate policies that are aligned with multiple frameworks at the same time. Neat!

The odd bits

That's it for this month. If you come across any interesting products you think are worth sharing, a developer experience that got you excited, or just want to compare notes on building secure systems please drop me a line.



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