Microsoft Security – Silent Updates Documented

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Microsoft’s security team has published information related to security fixes that aren’t referenced with CVEs.  These types of changes represent special code that go beyond fixing specific routines within the patched product family. As bi-directional Firewalls or code management systems can often determine ususal activity, Microsoft explains these special situations as noted below. How Microsoft […]

US Senate sponsors legislation to prevent Internet shutdown

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As Egypt and Libya recently shutdown Internet service on a national basis, these links reflect proposed changes in current law for the USA PC Magazine – Senators Kill Off the “Kill Switch” http://blogs.pcmag.com/securitywatch/2011/02/senators_kill_off_the_kill_swi.php http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49798.html QUOTE: Fed up with being associated with censorship and repression, Senators Joe Lieberman, Tom Carper and Susan Collins have introduced a cybersecurity […]

Word Press – version 3.0.5 Security release

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A new security release for Word Press has just been released: ISC – New versions of Word Press http://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=10387 Word Press – version 3.0.5 Security release http://wordpress.org/news/2011/02/wordpress-3-0-5/ QUOTE: This release is shown as a security release and contains a number of fixes for security issues. WordPress is one of the favourite targets, so all are […]

Microsoft Security Updates – February 2011 PATCH NOW

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This process should be automatic for all … Just in case, there are some “Patch Now” advisories noted by the ISC that will protect users better — if they haven’t recently patched. Internet Storm Center – Excellent Analysis http://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=10375 Microsoft Security Updates – February 2011 https://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms11-feb.mspx

Windows – New SMB mrxsmb.dll vulnerability

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While exploitation may be difficult to achieve, active Firewall protection should help mitigate this new risk until a security patch emerges. Windows 0-day SMB mrxsmb.dll vulnerability http://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=10423 http://www.vupen.com/english/advisories/2011/0394 http://blogs.technet.com/b/srd/archive/2011/02/16/notes-on-exploitability-of-the-recent-windows-browser-protocol-issue.aspx http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2011/Feb/285 QUOTE: A new vulnerability has been discovered exploiting SMB component of Windows. The attack involves sending of malformed Browser Election requests leading the heap overflow […]

PC Security Patching protects against older attacks

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While there are constantly new attacks circulating, some of the most popular methods are the older attacks that are well established. Many of these older attacks continue as they open up the PC’s security more extensively than some of the newer attacks that are difficult to exploit.  While the M86 report may not completely reflect […]

Christmas Cards Spammed in February

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Please be careful of e-card attacks currently circulating with Valentines Day or even Christmas themes. Christmas Cards Spammed in February http://blog.trendmicro.com/christmas-spam-in-february/ QUOTE: Holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day inevitably come with threats related to the holiday itself. These attacks have become more persistent through the years, timed perfectly to dupe the most users and with […]

Oracle Java SE 6 Update 24

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Corporate applications often require the full Java client and an important security release has just been published Oracle Java SE 6 Update 24 http://blogs.oracle.com/security/2011/02/february_2011_java_se_and_java.html http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/6u24releasenotes-307697.html http://blogs.pcmag.com/securitywatch/2011/02/oracle_releases_java_security.php QUOTE: Oracle has released a new update for Java environment, it contains fixes for security issues. Time to get your Java environment up to date again.

CIO Magazine – Low Level of Security Awareness even among IT professionals

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Security Awareness is a taught skillset that involves risk management principles and a good understanding of technical safeguards.  This survey shows that even IT professionals may have more to learn in this area. CIO Magazine – Low Security Awareness Found Across IT http://www.cio.com/article/663514/Low_Security_Awareness_Found_Across_IT A broad spectrum of IT people, including those close to security functions, […]

Adobe Flash and Reader security updates for February

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These are crticial updates that should be promptly applied: Adobe – Security Bulletins: APSB11-01 – Security update available for Shockwave Player: http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb11-01.html Adobe – Security Bulletins: APSB11-02 – Security update available for Adobe Flash Player: http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb11-02.html


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