Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The PCI Security Standards Council

The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), the industry standards body that oversees the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), PIN Transaction Security (PTS) requirements and the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS), this week released version 2.0 of the PCI DSS and PA-DSS.

This latest version is designed to provide greater clarity and flexibility to facilitate improved understanding of the requirements and eased implementation for merchants. Version 2.0 becomes effective on January 1, 2011, but validation against the previous version of the standard (1.2.1) will be allowed until December 31, 2011, giving organizations more time to understand and implement the updated standards and provide feedback throughout the process. After January 1, 2012, all assessments must be under version 2.0 of the standards.

Version 2.0 doesn’t introduce any new major requirements. The majority of changes are modifications to the language, which clarify the meaning of the requirements and make understanding and adoption easier for merchants. Key revisions serve to reinforce the need for a thorough scoping exercise prior to assessment in order to understand where cardholder data resides; promote more effective log management in securing cardholder data; allow organizations to adopt a risk-based approach when assessing and prioritizing vulnerabilities that is based on their specific business circumstances; and accommodate the unique environments of small merchants to simplify their compliance efforts.

“The nature of the changes is a testament to the strength and growing global maturity of the standards as a framework for securing cardholder data,” said Bob Russo, general manager of the Council. “I want to thank each and every individual and organization who contributed to the development of these standards. It’s their input that’s critical in making the PCI Security Standards an excellent baseline for protecting payment card data.”

In addition to the standards documents, the Council has also launched a new website with updated materials and navigational tools aimed at providing its diverse stakeholders with the targeted information they need to understand the standards and how to apply them in their organizations. As part of a broader initiative to help small merchants develop their PCI security programs, it also includes a dedicated site for this key group with resources to address their unique environments.

The release of version 2.0 begins the new three year lifecycle for standards development, which streamlines the development process by aligning DSS, PA-DSS and PTS on a similar three year schedule. The lifecycle also allows for minor revisions or errata to be issued throughout the cycle as necessary.

The standards, detailed summary of changes and supporting documentation can be found at https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/security_standards/documents.php
Tool: http://www.darknet.org.uk/2010/11/watobo-the-web-application-toolbox

WATOBO is intended to enable security professionals to perform highly efficient (semi-automated ) web application security audits. We are convinced that the semi-automated approach is the best way to perform an accurate audit and to identify most of the vulnerabilities. WATOBO has no attack capabilities and is provided for legal vulnerability audit purposes only.

WATOBO works like a local proxy, similar to Webscarab, Paros or BurpSuite.

Additionally, WATOBO supports passive and active checks. Passive checks are more like filter functions. They are used to collect useful information, e.g. email or IP addresses. Passive checks will be performed during normal browsing activities. No additional requests are sent to the (web) application.

Active checks instead will produce a high number of requests (depending on the check module) because they do the automatic part of vulnerability identification, e.g. during a scan.

* Session Management capabilities! You can define login scripts as well as logout signatures. So you don’t have to login manually each time you get logged out.
* Can perform vulnerability checks out of the box.
* Supports Inline De-/Encoding, so you don’t have to copy strings to a transcoder and back again. Just do it inside the request/response window with a simple mouse click.
* Smart filter functions, so you can find and navigate to the most interesting parts of the application easily.
* Written in (FX)Ruby and enables you to define your own checks
* Free software ( licensed under the GNU General Public License Version 2)

There is an ‘unofficial’ manual here:

WATOBO – the unofficial manual

And some video tutorials to get you started here.

You can download WATOBO 0.9.5 here: watobo_0.9.5rev226.zip

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