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

Internet Explorer and tabbed windows…

July 30th 2005

I’ve been having a closer look at IE7’s new tabbed windows feature over the past few days.  There are some things I like, and some things I don’t.   Remember, this article is written about IE7 as it appears in Beta 1 – Beta 2, Beta 3 (if there is one) and Gold will most […]

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Windows Vista, Longhorn Lab, IE7 and Secret Squirrel….

July 29th 2005

As mentioned earlier in my blog I traveled to Seattle last week, staying in town from 19 until 23 July.  The karma for this trip were very good – first I was upgraded to Business Class between Sydney and Los Angeles, then Terri and I were picked up by a black stretch limousine at SeaTac […]

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Microsoft Internet Security Videos.

July 27th 2005

There are several short educational  videos available on the Microsoft Security at Home website tha discuss spyware, phishing, viruses and worms, keeping your computer up to date, spam, protecting your privacy and using newsgroups. I’ve always believed that visual and aural learning is far more effective than the written word.  These videos are an excellent […]

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Redmond revelry

July 24th 2005

I’ve been in Redmond since Tuesday afternoon.  Lots of meetings, lots of events, lots of activity.  More to come soon.

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Firefox web site (www.spreadfirefox.com) hacked?

July 24th 2005

Oops:http://www.toptechnews.com/story.xhtml?story_id=37368 “Dotzler explained the problem as SpreadFirefox’s failure to install security updates for its content-management software, Drupal. When the intrusion became apparent, it took the site down for several days.”

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Yet another Firefox update…

July 21st 2005

Now we’re up to version 1.0.6 which is apparently a ‘stability update’ (oops, what did they break)… ah, here we go, they need to “Restore API compatibility for extensions and web applications that did not work in Firefox 1.0.5.” Go and get it :o) http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/releases/1.0.6.html

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Trend Antispyware – update on false positives and other issues

July 16th 2005

I had a very productive (and very early morning) teleconference with the Senior Spyware researcher at Trend today, as well as with an Internal Expert at the same company, regarding the various false positives previously reported in this Blog and usability issues affecting various versions of Trend Antispyware (web, consumer and small/medium business). Now, I’ll […]

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Firefox updated again

July 15th 2005

Version 1.0.5 has been released which includes two critical and four highly sensitive security patches (plus six other patches).  Let’s hope THIS version doesn’t break something (remembering the XML debacle). Details of the critical vulnerabilities are “embargoed“ until 20 July. WARNING: Before installing 1.0.5 make sure that the target installation directory is EMPTY (ie uninstall […]

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Microsoft Security Advisory (903144) – vulnerability in the Microsoft Java VM

July 7th 2005

This vulnerability (otherwise known as Bloodhound.Exploit.40) affects the Microsoft Java VM (which has been ‘out of circulation’ for quite a long time, but may still be on older operating systems).   Carefully read this article: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/903144.mspx   My recommended (and the least disruptive) workaround is the first one – “disable the javaproxy.dll COM object from running […]

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Spyware –are we winning this war? Not yet.

July 7th 2005

A group called the “Pew Internet & American Life Project” (PIALP) has released a report examining the effect that spyware has had on (an American’s) behaviour when on the Internet.   The report is available in PDF format here:http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Spyware_Report_July_05.pdf   The media release can be seen here: http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/108/press_release.asp   To summarise PIALP concluded that:   […]

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