Internet Explorer security hole: Use other browser

TheTelegraph: Internet Explorer users might want to consider upgrading or switching to another browser after a massive security hole was discovered in Windows’ native web browser. According to security forum, Rapid7 , Internet Explorer 7, 8 and 9 operating on Windows XP, Vista and Seven contains what is known as a “zero day exploit” which allows attackers to gain access to your personal data while you browse. The forum claimed the exploit would give cyber criminals “the same privileges as the current user”....

September 18, 2012 · 1 min · 174 words

Adobe fixes ColdFusion security vulnerability

h-Online: On the same day as Microsoft’s September Patch Tuesday, Adobe released an update for ColdFusion to close a security hole in its rapid web application development software. The hotfix for ColdFusion addresses a vulnerability (CVE-2012-2048), which the company rates as important, that could be exploited by a remote attacker to cause a denial-of-service (DoS) condition. According to Adobe, the unspecified error affects versions 8.0, 8.0.1, 9.0 to 9.0.2, and 10 of ColdFusion for Windows, Mac OS X and UNIX....

September 12, 2012 · 1 min · 126 words

Symantec releases Norton 2013 security suites

BetaNews: Symantec has released brand new versions of its Norton security packages for Windows, Norton Anti-Virus 2013, Norton Internet Security 2013 and Norton 360 2013. It’s the first time all three packages have been updated simultaneously, while the branding has also been amended to remove all references to a date, simply naming each Norton Anti-Virus, Norton Internet Security and Norton 360, respectively. The 2013 versions come with what Symantec describes as “five layers of patented protection”, which include stronger social networking and anti-scam protection....

September 7, 2012 · 3 min · 508 words

Oracle rushes out patch for critical 0-day Java exploit

TheRegister: In an uncommon break with its thrice-annual security update schedule, Oracle has released a patch for three Java 7 security flaws that have recently been targeted by web-based exploits. “Due to the high severity of these vulnerabilities, Oracle recommends that customers apply this Security Alert as soon as possible,” Eric Maurice, the company’s director of software security assurance, said in a blog post published on Thursday. Maurice said that the vulnerabilities patched only affect Java running in browsers, and not standalone desktop Java applications or Java running on servers....

August 31, 2012 · 2 min · 370 words

Dropbox tests two-factor authentication

h-online: Cloud backup provider Dropbox says it has begun a public test of two-factor authentication for its service. Dropbox had announced it would start offering the security measure after the service experienced a data leak at the beginning of the month. Users who activate two factor authentication will have to enter a security code after logging in with their username and password. The security code can only be used once and is sent to the user’s mobile phone in a text message....

August 27, 2012 · 2 min · 285 words

Adobe Flash Player update patches six critical holes

h-Online: Adobe has released the second update for its Flash Player software in a week, this time for six critical vulnerabilities. Four of the issues addressed are problems with memory corruption that could lead to remote code execution; additionally, the update fixes an integer overflow vulnerability that could also lead to remote code execution. Another bug that was fixed is a cross-domain information leak. The problems exist in Flash Player 11....

August 23, 2012 · 2 min · 293 words

Microsoft unleashes Windows attack tool

TheRegister.co.uk wrote: Attack Surface Analyzer explains what apps do to your beautiful Windows installation Developers, developers …. *&^%%!!# developers who break Windows! That may well be a refrain that motivated Redmond to release a new software tool, Surface Analyzer 1.0, which explains how new apps impact Windows’ ability to repel the various varieties of naughtyware. Microsoft explains the tool’s powers thusly: Attack Surface Analyzer looks for classes of security weaknesses Microsoft has seen when applications are installed on the Windows operating system, and it highlights these as issues....

August 3, 2012 · 1 min · 207 words

LibreOffice vulnerable to multiple buffer overflows

h-online: Three weeks after releasing LibreOffice 3.5.5, The Document Foundation has confirmed that security holes in earlier versions of the open source LibreOffice productivity suite can be exploited by attackers to compromise a victim’s system. According to the project’s security advisory, these include multiple heap-based buffer overflow vulnerabilities in the XML manifest encryption tag parsing code. Successful exploitation of the vulnerabilities could lead to the execution of arbitrary code on a system with the privileges of a local user....

August 2, 2012 · 1 min · 156 words

Urgent security update for TeamViewer

h-online: The TeamViewer developers have released updates for a potential security vulnerability discovered in the remote access tool. The company recommends that users install the security updates immediately. Versions 5 to 7 of the Windows, Mac OS X and Linux editions of TeamViewer Full and TeamViewer QuickSupport are affected. The flaw does not appear to have been discovered in TeamViewer Host. The company has not offered any details of the vulnerability, but updated editions of the software can be obtained from the TeamViewer Download page....

July 21, 2012 · 1 min · 97 words

Chrome 20 update fixes high-risk security vulnerabilities

Google has published a new update to the stable 20.x branch of Chrome to close a number of security holes in the WebKit-based web browser. Version 20.0.1132.57 of Chrome addresses a total of three vulnerabilities, all of which are rated as “high severity” by the company. These include two use-after-free errors in counter handling and in layout height tracking that were discovered by a security researcher by the name of “miaubiz”....

July 13, 2012 · 2 min · 264 words