Archive for June 2nd, 2015

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report – Volume 18

For IT security professionals, the SIR v18 research report is available as well as detailed article on the life cycle for a recent popular exploit


  • SIR Volume 18: July 2014 to December 2014
  • FEATURE ARTICLE: The life and times of an exploit

First, vulnerability disclosures across the entire industry increased precipitously in the second half of 2014, increasing 56 percent from the first half of the year. 4,512 vulnerabilities were disclosed during the second half of 2014, representing the largest number of vulnerabilities disclosed in any six month period since the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures system was launched in 1999. This increase is predominantly the result of work performed by the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordination Center (CERT/CC) finding almost 1,400 individual CVEs affecting thousands of different publishers of Android apps and code libraries (more details can be found in this report).

Secondly, commercial exploit kits continue to be popular tools among some attackers. The speed at which we see newly discovered exploits get incorporated into commercial exploit kits has accelerated. The timespan between the availability of a security update and when an exploit for the vulnerability is integrated into a commercial exploit kit was significantly reduced in the second half of 2014. It used to take weeks or months for new exploits to appear in exploit kits, but in the second half of 2014 we saw that time period decrease to ten days or less in several cases.

Windows 10 – Nine Benefits from Business Insider review

This review by an Apple Mac user from Business Insider magazine highlights many of key new features for Windows 10

In my own tests with Windows 10, there’s a lot to like — I’m still not sure if it’ll be enough to get me to switch from my own Mac and go Windows full-time, but there’s a lot to like in Windows 10, and the heat is on. Here are some of the coolest features you should be looking forward to in Windows 10.

1. Cortana, the digital assistant
2. Windows Store for multi-device purchases
3. Windows Hello’s facial recognition sign-in
4. Windows Continuum for Phones
5. Microsoft Edge, the fast new web browser
6. Touch, greatly improved capabilities
7. Xbox integration
8. The new Start Menu
9. Windows 10 is intuitive and comfortable to use, while still working in all kinds of new ideas