Security vendors holding off on 64-bit Windows

Companies looking to become early adopters of Microsoft’s Windows x64 Edition operating systems have one more reason to postpone the decision: They may find that their favorite antivirus software no longer works on their new desktops. Though Microsoft maintains that most software written for older, 32-bit versions of Windows is compatible with the 64-bit version of the operating system, released last April, changes to the core, kernel component of Windows means that certain types of software need to be rewritten for the company’s 64-bit versions of Windows. InfoWorld

Software Misuse: From malicious actions to mind control

SecurityElf.org released a whitepaper entitled Software Misuse: From malicious actions to mind control. The goal of the whitepaper is to show how dangerous could be a software misuse, the problems of current malicious code defense systems and introduce a new theoretical threats – NeuroWorm, Subliminal Virus and other. One of the main ideas in this whitepaper is that antivirus software could have serious problems to stop software that “behave” abnormally. Here is the partial list of presented issues: – ArchiVirus – malicious code in SFX archives. – Antivirus programs detection evasion with commercial anti-cracking software. – An ultimate file infection … Continue reading Software Misuse: From malicious actions to mind control

Leading spyware researcher joins Sunbelt Software

Sunbelt Software reinforces CounterSpy research team with the addition of leading expert Patrick Jordan (aka “webhelper”)   Sunbelt is pleased to announce that renowned spyware researcher, Patrick Jordan, has joined Sunbelt Software as a Senior Spyware Research Analyst. Jordan, also known as “webhelper” to the antispyware community, will provide research expertise to help identify and remove some of the most difficult spyware strains such as VX2/Transponder and CoolWebSearch.   Jordan brings a plethora of technology and research experience to Sunbelt, having managed and participated in many of the security forums dedicated to spyware research, detection and removal, including his own … Continue reading Leading spyware researcher joins Sunbelt Software

Security experts warn of Chinese cyberattacks

Security experts warn that the People’s Republic of China may be using malware to conduct industrial espionage. Joe Stewart, a research for Lurhq, says data gained from reverse engineering the Myfip worm points to a Chinese source for the malware. Marcus Sachs of SRI International and the SANS Internet Storm Center agrees, noting that while Russia and the former Soviet Union seem to be major sources or malwares for credit card fraud, Chinese malwares more carefully hide themselves, suggesting a strategic use such as corporate espionage. Cyberattacks against Western intelligence agencies have also originated from East Asia. More in Forbes.com

Take a quick look on new Microsoft Windows – Vista Beta 1

Media Alert: Microsoft Announces Release of Windows Vista Beta 1Release is an important milestone on Microsoft’s path to releasing the final version of Windows Vista. When: Wednesday, July 27, at 9:05 a.m. PDT http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/windowsvista/default.mspx with screenshots of Vista Beta 1

PandaLabs releases the 2nd quarterly report of 2005 on viruses, spyware and other threats

PandaLabs highlights the following in their 2nd quarterly report on viruses, spyware and other threats: Adware and spyware head the list of detections with over 50% The frequency of email worms has dropped to 7% Instant messaging increased as a means for propagating malicious code The graph below includes statistical information about Panda ActiveScan detections carried out during the 2nd quarter of the year.  The data shown is distributed between the most significant categories: The full report is available here (requires PDF viewer)

Performance Issues for Mozilla Web Site

The Mozilla Foundation site has been experiencing intermittent performance problems, which began early Sunday. Mozilla.org is the home of Firefox, the free web browser which has been downloaded nearly 75 million times. Version 1.0.6 of Firefox was released last week, but it’s not clear whether the update contributed to Sunday’s sluggish performance for the Mozilla.org site, which was slowed by heavy demand during the browser’s launch last November. A dynamically updating chart of the Mozilla site’s performance is available here Source: Netcraft

Windows Buffer Overflow in Unspecified USB Device Driver

A vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Windows in a specific USB device driver. A physically local user may be able to execute arbitrary code on the target system. A physically local user can connect a device to the USB port on the target system to cause the target system to load a device driver. Then, the connected device can trigger a buffer overflow to execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with System level privileges. The affected device driver was not disclosed.  SPI Dynamics discovered this vulnerability. Underlying OS:  Windows (2000), Windows (XP)