Symantec to change consumer product launches

Symantec, which historically introduces new consumer products and upgrades in September, will now deliver the products throughout the year. This move comes as the security company seeks to remain competitive amid an increasingly crowded consumer field that will soon include Microsoft’s OneCare antivirus, anti-spyware and firewall service offering, which is expected to debut later this year. Cnet News

Microsoft Office Insecure Shared Section Permissions

Sylvain Roger has discovered a weakness in various Microsoft Office applications, which can be exploited by malicious, local users to cause a DoS (Denial of Service).  The weakness has been confirmed in various applications included in a fully updated Microsoft Office 2000. Other versions may also be affected. Solution: Grant only trusted users access to affected systems. Affected Software:Microsoft Access 2000Microsoft Excel 2000Microsoft Office 2000Microsoft Outlook 2000Microsoft PowerPoint 2000Microsoft Word 2000

200 Anti-Adware and Anti-Spyware Tips to Help Increase Computer Security and Privacy

Computer help Web site MalekTips today announced the expansion of its adware and spyware removal tips, now numbering over 200. The collection includes spyware terminology definitions, a description of problems adware and spyware can cause, tips on installing and using various anti-spyware applications, prevention advice, and more. Thousands of viewers utilize the MalekTips computer help library eachmonth for computer and technology tips. With this new addition, MalekTips now offers over 2,700 tips in categories such as removing spyware, getting more out of the Windows operating system, digital photography, word processing, spreadsheets, and searching the Internet.  Some of the latest advice … Continue reading 200 Anti-Adware and Anti-Spyware Tips to Help Increase Computer Security and Privacy

BellSouth Introduces BellSouth Internet Security

BellSouth is introducing BellSouth Internet Security to help its customers avoid the growing problems of PC attacks, virus and spyware. BellSouth Internet Security includes the following software: BellSouth Anti-Virus, which keeps viruses, worms and Trojans off customers’ computers. BellSouth Anti-Spyware, which detects and removes more than 60,000 known Spyware. BellSouth Firewall, which protects customers’ computers from hackers and intrusions. BellSouth

Sophos Anti-Virus Unspecified Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

A vulnerability has been reported in Sophos Anti-Virus, which potentially can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a vulnerable system. The vulnerability is caused due to an unspecified error and can be exploited to cause a heap-based buffer overflow. The vulnerability has been reported in Sophos Anti-Virus Small Business Edition and in Sophos Anti-Virus versions prior to 3.96.0 and prior to 4.5.4. Solution:The vendor has included a fix in the following versions:* Version 3.96.0 of Sophos Anti-Virus (all supported Windows platforms, all supported Unix platforms, NetWare, OS/2, and OpenVMS)* Version 4.5.4 of Sophos Anti-Virus (all platforms) Fixes are reportedly … Continue reading Sophos Anti-Virus Unspecified Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

Opera browser 8.02 released with security fixes

The new version of Opera Browser is v8.02 with 3 security fixes: Solved download dialog spoofing issue described in Secunia Advisory SA15870 Fixed image dragging issue described in Secunia Advisory SA15756Prevented link hijacking issue described in Secunia Advisory SA15781

Truste aims to guard surfers from spam

Truste, an online privacy advocacy group, has started a certification program aimed at allowing internet users to avoid spam. A seal stating “We Don’t Spam” may be displayed on a participating website, if the site follows Truste’s strict privacy guidelines. Websites would hope to see an increase in consumer confidence, and therefore use of their site, upon gaining the certification. Cnet News

Mozilla Implements TLD Whitelist for Firefox in Response to IDN Homographs Spoofing

Homograph spoofing attacks have resulted in changes to Firefox regarding Internationalized Domain Names (IDN). The Mozilla Foundation products, including Firefox, now only display IDNs in a whitelist and make sure that no homographic domains are registered to more than one entity. Registries which wish to be added to the whitelist can follow instructions at Mozilla has also created a character blacklist to forbid characters which could be used to spoof URL punctuation.

Anti-phishing White Paper

The focus of this white paper is to describe the basic workings of a new capability, the Microsoft Phishing Filter, that will be included in the upcoming release of Internet Explorer 7. The Microsoft Phishing Filter will not only help provide consumers with a dynamic system of warning and protection against potential phishing attacks, but – more important – it will also benefit legitimate ISPs and Web commerce site developers that want to try to ensure that their brands are not being “spoofed” to propagate scams and that their legitimate outreach to customers is not confusing or misinterpreted by filtering … Continue reading Anti-phishing White Paper