Four Steps to a More Secure PC

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Q&A: Amy Roberts of Microsoft’s Security Technology Unit discusses the “Protect Your PC in 2006” resolution and other Microsoft consumer-security efforts.Four Steps to a More Secure PCPC Microsoft is promoting the following four-step routine for everyone who owns a PC and goes online to “Protect Your PC in 2006”: Use an Internet firewall. Firewalls help […]

Visa deals with possible data breach

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Visa USA acknowledged Saturday that a U.S. merchant “may have experienced a data security breach” that compromised credit card account information. The statement came in response to a News.com inquiry related to customers whose Visa debit cards had been put on fraud watch or deactivated due to a security breach. The customers include a San […]

Adobe Flags Online PDF Tracking

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Adobe Systems Inc. wants you to know when your PDF documents are being tracked. The company’s Acrobat and Reader software products have been updated to give users a pop-up warning when a document that is tagged for tracking attempts to make a connection to a Web service. Adobe Director of Security Solutions John Landwehr confirmed […]

Symantec Confirms AV Library Flaw, Promises Patches

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Anti-virus vendor Symantec Corp. has publicly acknowledged that a high-risk buffer overflow vulnerability in its AntiVirus Library could lead to code execution attacks when RAR archive files are scanned.One day after private security researcher Alex Wheeler flagged the issue as a serious risk, Symantec issued an advisory of its own, confirming the vulnerability exists in […]

VMWare: Virtual Machine Security Flaw ‘Very Serious’

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Virtual infrastructure software maker VMWare Inc. has rushed out fixes for a “very serious” security flaw that put users of its product line at risk of code execution attacks.The vulnerability, which affects both Windows and Linux systems, affects VMware Workstation 5.5, VMware GSX Server 3.2, VMware ACE 1.0.1 and the free VMware Player 1.0. All […]

Google plugs ‘obscure’ phishing holes

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Google has fixed a security flaw that had opened the door to phishing scams, account hijacks and other attacks, security researchers said Wednesday. The flaw, known as a cross-site scripting vulnerability, existed because Google did not properly secure its mechanism for two error pages, according to Web security company Watchfire, which discovered the problem. Watchfire […]

iTunes and QuickTime flaw detailed

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Don’t open media files from sources you don’t trust–it may lead to your computer being hacked, a security researcher has warned. Tom Ferris, an independent security researcher, has provided more details on a security flaw in Apple Computer’s popular iTunes and QuickTime software that could put systems running Windows and Mac OS X at risk […]

You’re infected so pay us to get infested

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Spyware spreaders have stepped up attempts to trick users into downloading malware using a combination of browser vulnerabilities and deceptive spam emails. In particular, bogus warnings about infestation are frequently being used to dupe Windows users into accepting potentially malign code, reports security vendor Websense. In many cases, these scam emails also request money in […]

Santa IM worm hits AOL, MSN and Yahoo

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CNET News reports A Santa Claus worm is attempting to trick America Online, Microsoft MSN and Yahoo instant-messaging users into clicking on a file that delivers unwanted software to a victim’s computer. The IM.GiftCom.All worm attempts to dupe IM users into thinking an acquaintance has sent them a link to a harmless Santa Claus file, […]

Symantec AntiVirus RAR Archive Decompression Buffer Overflow

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Description:Alex Wheeler has reported a vulnerability in Symantec AntiVirus, which potentially can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a vulnerable system.The vulnerability is caused due to a boundary error in Dec2Rar.dll when copying data based on the length field in the sub-block headers of a RAR archive. This can be exploited to cause a […]


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