Prueba de seguridad

Blackboard realiza pruebas continuas a la seguridad interna a nivel del código (análisis estático) y de la aplicación (análisis dinámico) para garantizar la satisfacción de las expectativas de Blackboard y de nuestros clientes. Además, para tener otro punto de vista de la aplicación, Blackboard utiliza regularmente los servicios de pruebas de penetración de la seguridad de proveedores externos. Se toma nota de cualquier problema identificado para proceder a su reparación.

Pruebas de seguridad en aplicaciones estáticas

Blackboard aprovecha los escáneres de análisis estáticos comerciales y de código abierto para evaluar el código fuente de Blackboard Learn de manera permanente. Estas herramientas permiten que Blackboard identifique posibles puntos vulnerables en el código fuente a medida que el sistema evoluciona a través de la integración con entornos de compilación. Blackboard complementa el análisis automatizado del código fuente para identificar puntos vulnerables en la seguridad con las revisiones manuales del código.

Pruebas de seguridad en aplicaciones dinámicas

Blackboard aprovecha los escáneres de análisis dinámicos comerciales y de código abierto para evaluar la aplicación Blackboard Learn de manera permanente. Los escáneres de seguridad automatizados buscan puntos vulnerables comunes en las aplicaciones web desde el punto de vista de un usuario final.

Pruebas manuales de penetración

Las herramientas de seguridad de aplicaciones estáticas y dinámicas no pueden detectar todos los problemas en materia de seguridad. Para mitigar aún más los riesgos de seguridad, Blackboard realiza pruebas de penetración manuales a fin de identificar los puntos vulnerables más complejos en la seguridad y los problemas de lógica comercial, como la falta de autorización adecuada.

Security patches and advisories

Blackboard publishes security patches and advisories through Behind the Blackboard.


Customers may install the latest patches using "BbPatch," a package management utility to manage updates to Blackboard products, such as cumulative patches. BbPatch complements the Blackboard Installer by allowing small, reversible updates with minimal downtime.

Software updates

The Software Updates module is located in the Blackboard Learn Administrator Panel and provides updates specific to your Blackboard Learn installation, including Major Releases, Service Packs, and Patch Sets, as well as building block updates and newly released building blocks. The module lists the number of updates that are available. You can select which updates to download.

Security advisories

Blackboard is committed to the timely identification, communication and resolution of security vulnerabilities identified in our products. Security Advisories are released with the following information:

  • Advisory ID - for Knowledge Base tracking purposes
  • Title - Brief description of affected area
  • Issue Date
  • Severity

This is followed by a vulnerability overview, which details the nature of the security vulnerability; a functional issue overview which describes how the system may be affected; a list of product version(s) affected; description of discovery; and a description of the solution with a link to applicable patches. Blackboard also tracks and advises our clients of any known exploitation or malicious use of security vulnerabilities. The mitigations and workarounds section describes any mitigations clients may take or if a workaround is available. If there are multiple revisions to an advisory, a short summary of the update is provided.

Security vulnerability scoring

Blackboard follows the industry standard of CVSSv2 (Common Vulnerability Scoring System Version 2.0) as a guideline. Customers may use our severity ratings as a guideline to help classify the impact of security issues found in Blackboard Learn. It is based on average usage, since not all vulnerabilities have equal impact on all users - for example, customers might not have the affected module enabled, or its use of the module may not contain as critical information as another customer.

Input Validation Filter - Security management building block

The Input Validation Filter acts as a first line of defense with configurable rules to protect Blackboard Learn. It is, in a sense, like a firewall for Blackboard Learn. It verifies that user requests coming in are safe by sanitizing the data through a default ruleset. An advantage of the Input Validation Filter is speed. This feature provides you with cross-site scripting fixes much faster than the traditional patching process. Traditional patches can have various dependency issues or may need to be rolled back. Providing fixes through the Input Validation Filter is a much cleaner and faster way of delivering patches, as they are provided directly through the Software Updates Center.