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“There is no magic fairy dust protecting Macs" – Dai Zovi, author of “The Mac Hacker’s Handbook"

Internet Explorer versus Firefox

November 30th 2007

Source: Jeff Jones Security Blog “For most people, their web browser is central to their interaction with the Internet, connecting to global web sites and helping them consume online services providing everything from booking flights to banking services to online shopping. This reality makes browsers a key tool when evaluating the security experience of users […]

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Google plays whack-a-mole

November 30th 2007

Posted to the Google Online Security Blog “Currently, we know of hundreds of thousands of websites that attempt to infect people’s computers with malware. Unfortunately, we also know that there are more malware sites out there. This is where we need your help in filling in the gaps. If you come across a site that […]

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HOTFIX: GIF images may not appear when you refresh a Web page in Internet Explorer 6

November 30th 2007

When you view a Web page by using Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, a GIF image that is located on the Web page appears as expected. However, if you press F5 to update the display, or if you click Refresh to update the display, the GIF image no longer appears. Instead, a red “X” appears as […]

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ALERT: More potentially dangerous web sites hitting Google search

November 29th 2007

You may recall that Alex Eckelberry alerted us to a massive seeding of Google and other Web searches with malicious web sites.  Google and the other sites, to their credit, certainly cleaned things up very quickly, and the incident quickly hit the popular press. Sadly, it seems that Google, although they reacted quickly to the […]

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Hotmail and malicious banner advertisements?

November 29th 2007

Important note: These reports are unconfirmed. A person has posted a comment to my blog warning that they experienced a redirect while using Hotmail aka Windows Live Mail – you can read the comment here:http://msmvps.com/blogs/spywaresucks/archive/2007/11/08/1287908.aspx#1369705 Earlier this month I spotted a similar complaint affecting MSN Groups:http://groups.msn.com/ArtifactsofMars/general.msnw?action=get_message&mview=1&ID_Message=568 I’ve notified the appropriate parties about both of these reports, but […]

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FBI finds and charges eight individuals responsible for infecting over 1 million computers

November 29th 2007

The FBI’s Operation Botnet is starting to bite.  According to today’s Press Release, just some of the people charged include: James C. Brewer of Arlington, Texas, is alleged to have operated a botnet that infected Chicago area hospitals. This botnet infected tens of thousands of computers worldwide. (FBI Chicago); Jason Michael Downey of Covington, Kentucky, […]

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Another time zone update…

November 29th 2007

Here we go again…. December 2007 cumulative time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systemshttp://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/942763 This update supersedes and replaces update 933360, which was released in August 2007. This update also includes additional time zone changes that were signed in to law after update 933360 was created. If you have already deployed update 933360, read […]

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IE6 and IE7 VPC images

November 28th 2007

Pete L reports that new builds of the IE6 and IE7 VPC images may be released as early as Monday or Tuesday.

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HOTFIX: Some e-mail messages remain in the queue on an Exchange 2003 server

November 27th 2007

This is of interest to my alter-ego “Some e-mail messages remain in the queue on a server that is running Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Additionally, the message sender receives non-delivery report (NDR) 4.4.7 messages that indicate the delivery failures. This problem does not occur [recur?] if you restart the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service on the […]

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Fiddler and MACs

November 27th 2007

Santa has responded to my wish for Fiddler on a MAC.  He says: “You can, however, run Fiddler on a Windows machine, and point the Mac’s proxy settings at WINMACHINE:8888. If Fiddler is configured to allow remote clients to connect, it will successfully proxy the traffic from the Mac. It’s non-trivial, but it does work.“ […]

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