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December 9th, 2011:

Passwords – 25 of the weakest passwords for 2011

This informative PC Magazine article shares a list of actual findings posted by hackers based on compromises during the past year

Passwords – 25 of the weakest passwords for 2011 http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2383890,00.asp

QUOTE: Bad passwords still abound. SplashData, a password management app maker, compiled a list of the 25 worst passwords of 2011, based on millions of stolen passwords that were dumped online. Typically after hackers compromise a server, like Sony’s or CIA.gov’s, they post all these personal details online. For tips on how to how to do passwords right, read PCMag’s Password Protection: How to Create Strong Passwords. See Passwords: You’re Doing it Wrong to avoid some common errors.

Adobe Reader – Patch being developed for new zero-day attack

Users should be cautious when processing PDF documents, keep AV signatures updated, and be on the lookout for patches that are forthcoming

Adobe Reader – Patch being developed for new zero-day attack http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa11-04.html

QUOTE: A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Reader X (10.1.1) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh, Adobe Reader 9.4.6 and earlier 9.x versions for UNIX, and Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.1) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh. This vulnerability (CVE-2011-2462) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that the vulnerability is being actively exploited in limited, targeted attacks in the wild against Adobe Reader 9.x on Windows.

We are in the process of finalizing a fix for the issue and expect to make available an update for Adobe Reader 9.x and Acrobat 9.x for Windows no later than the week of December 12, 2011. Because Adobe Reader X Protected Mode and Adobe Acrobat X Protected View would prevent an exploit of this kind from executing, we are currently planning to address this issue in Adobe Reader X and Acrobat X for Windows with the next quarterly security update for Adobe Reader and Acrobat, currently scheduled for January 10, 2012. We are planning to address this issue in Adobe Reader and Acrobat X and earlier versions for Macintosh as part of the next quarterly update scheduled for January 10, 2012.