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It seems I’m a glutton for punishment….

June 24th 2006

This weekend’s task – and here’s me with only a dinky little 4 port KVM to work with – its going to be a long day.   And next weekend, two malware infested PCs are booked in for some care and attention.  Methinks I need to start charging for my time…

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You know you’ve arrived when people start searching for vulnerabilities in your product

June 24th 2006

Opera draws attention. JPEG flaw uncovered in Opera browser (8.54)http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2158971/jpeg-flaw-uncovered-opera Proof of concept – Opera 9http://www.critical.lt/?vuln/349

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Thanks Ian! I enjoyed the giggle :)

June 22nd 2006

One of my loyal readers pointed me to this site, coincidentally after reading my blogpost about the Bit9 assessment which placed Firefox 1.0.7 as the most dangerous non-malicious software out there:http://www.cweiske.de/ It seems the owner/author doesn’t like IE and is blocking access to IE users. That’s his prerogative but its awfully short sighted.  Why? Because […]

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Bit9 says malicious software is not your biggest threat

June 22nd 2006

This is an interesting way of looking at security risk.  Bit9 put together a list of the 15 most “dangerous” software products that are not malicious software.  To make it on to this list, the software: is well-known in the consumer space and frequently downloaded by individuals; is not classified as malicious software by enterprise IT […]

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Windows Genuine Advantage troubleshooting page

June 20th 2006

The Windows Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Site helps users work out why their PC is having problems with the Windows Genuine Advantage check.  Often problems are caused by a misconfiguration and are therefore easily resolved. http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/diag/

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The IE7 team sets Technet ablaze, but not in the way they planned … ;o)

June 20th 2006

Ok, I admit, this had me giggling:http://blogs.technet.com/windowsvista/comments/435992.aspx I’m not sure how a laptop made it into the story… perhaps a misunderstanding of what a “notepad” is? [;)] “Sucks for the person who’s laptop that belonged to.”http://hive.net/Member/blogs/the_insider/archive/2006/06/14/The-IE-Team-is-_2200_on-fire_2200_-at-TecEd.aspx

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New Excel exploit using an undocumented vulnerability….

June 16th 2006

An incident has been reported in an incidents mailing list and on a couple of MS security blogs warning that there has been one report of a previously undocumented vulnerability in Excel being used in a hostile attack.  This means that you do *NOT* need to panic and switch to OpenOffice because the sky is falling. […]

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Email with malicious links targetting Australians and the National Australia Bank

June 16th 2006

As you will see in this SANS alert, there is an email circulating that is targetting Australians – specifically, customers of the National Australia Bank. Of special note is the fact that the email targets not only Internet Explorer vulnerabilities, but targets Firefox users as well – the bullseye on Firefox’s butt is getting steadily […]

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Bill Gates prepares to cease full time work at Microsoft to concentrate full time on his charity

June 15th 2006

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/jun06/06-15CorpNewsPR.mspx Bill says: “”I believe with great wealth comes great responsibility – the responsibility to give back to society and make sure those resources are given back in the best possible way, to those in need,” he said. Gates added, “It’s not a retirement, it’s a reordering of my priorities.””  

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Is patching important?

June 14th 2006

Hell yes. SANS reports on vulnerabilities already being exploited:http://isc.sans.org/diary.php?n&storyid=1415 And remember what happened to Circuit City?http://msmvps.com/blogs/spywaresucks/archive/2006/06/03/98941.aspx This is the reality friends .. once an exploit is public, or even semi-public (published to areas of the net where only the geeks lurk) it *will* be exploited. Life experience tells me that the most critical updates.. those that […]

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