Microsoft and Adobe to address critical vulnerabilities on Patch Tuesday

The H-Online: The Tuesday after the Easter weekend, 10 April, is set to be a busy one for system administrators as Microsoft and Adobe have sent out notifications that they will both be issuing fixes for critical vulnerabilities in their products. Microsoft鈥檚 April notification says there will be four critical advisories concerning Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET Framework, Office, SQL Server, Microsoft Server and Developer tools, which all lead to remote code execution....

April 7, 2012 路 1 min 路 202 words 路 Omid Farhang

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday will close a critical Windows vulnerability

The H-Security: Next week鈥檚 Patch Tuesday sees Microsoft planning to publish a total of six bulletins, including one that addresses a critical vulnerability in all versions of Windows from Windows XP service pack 3 to Windows 7 service pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The rating means that the hole enables attackers to infect a system via the internet and inject malicious code. Other bulletins will address a privilege elevation flaw which affects the same span of Windows versions....

March 10, 2012 路 1 min 路 171 words 路 Omid Farhang

Microsoft to send users 4 critical patches on Valentine's Day

The Register: Microsoft plans to publish nine updates next Tuesday 鈥 four of which are critical 鈥 as part of a Valentine鈥檚 Day edition of its Patch Tuesday update cycle. Highlights of the batch, which collectively address 21 vulnerabilities, include a critical update for Internet Explorer. There are also two critical fixes for Windows itself, plus one for Microsoft鈥檚 .NET framework. Three the five remaining 鈥渋mportant鈥 fixes grapple with remote code execution-type vulnerabilities, one of which involves Office....

February 12, 2012 路 2 min 路 345 words 路 Omid Farhang

A Valentine鈥檚 Day Sweepstakes: Win a Pink SONY VAIO Y

Windows Experience Blog wrote: If you鈥檝e been reading the blog lately, you know that I鈥檓 trying to bring back Valentine鈥檚 Day as a cool hip holiday. It鈥檚 not my fault; really, I鈥檓 just a sucker for a love note. The best thing about a Valentine鈥檚 Day card, to be honest, isn鈥檛 the words (they are always cheesy) 鈥 it鈥檚 the thought. With that thought in mind, we headed to the wilderness to create this card for you....

February 8, 2012 路 1 min 路 106 words 路 Omid Farhang

German government makes recommendations for secure Windows PCs

The H-Online: The German Federal Office of Information Security (BSI聽(German), BSI English) has compiled security recommendations for Windows PCs that will probably sound familiar to regular readers of The H: Anti-virus software 鈥 including free solutions 鈥, backups, security updates, an alternative browser such as Google Chrome and 鈥渁 healthy level of mistrust鈥 are the main components of its proposal for a secure Windows PC. As the UK lacks a governmental organization that makes such recommendations, as usually such organizations recommend policy for public projects, it is worth seeing what Germany鈥檚 BSI suggests....

February 6, 2012 路 2 min 路 289 words 路 Omid Farhang

One in four Windows 7 PC run out of date anti-malware

MSDN: One of the things we talk quite a bit about with Windows 8 is making sure Windows is a safe, secure, and reliable computing environment. We have always provided a broad range of solutions for achieving these goals and work closely with a broad range of industry partners. We continue to enhance these capabilities with Windows 8 while making sure you always have choice and control over how to protect and manage your PC....

September 16, 2011 路 1 min 路 121 words 路 Omid Farhang

Microsoft closes holes in Windows and Office

The H-Security: Microsoft has released two updates for Windows and three for Office to close various security holes. All five updates have only been rated 鈥渋mportant鈥 by the company. A hole in WINS enables local attackers to escalate their privileges on a system. Another patch prevents a new variant of binary planting, or DLL hijacking, attacks that can cause Windows to load DLLs from shared network volumes without the user鈥檚 permission....

September 14, 2011 路 1 min 路 174 words 路 Omid Farhang

Microsoft To Improve File Management Processes In Windows 8

Windows 8 News Blog: The recently created Building Windows 8 blog seems to be up in full swing, with new articles about the upcoming operating system being released regularly. Steven Sinofsky revealed in 鈥淚mproving our file management basics: copy, move, rename, and delete鈥 that Microsoft intents to improve file management processes under Windows 8. According to Steven, Microsoft had three goals to improve the copy experience: One place to manage all copy jobs: Create one unified experience for managing and monitoring ongoing copy operations....

August 25, 2011 路 2 min 路 292 words 路 Omid Farhang

Get Ready for Microsoft 13 updates for August Patch Tuesday

The Hacker News: Microsoft has announced that it will release 13 bulletins to address 22 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, .NET and Visual Studio on its next Patch Tuesday. Another 鈥渃ritical鈥 bulletin affects Windows server operating systems, and addresses a code-execution risk on unpatched systems. Also of note is an update restricted to newer versions of Windows (Windows 7 and Windows 2008) that tackles a potential, though difficult to exploit, code-execution risk....

August 5, 2011 路 1 min 路 204 words 路 Omid Farhang

QuickTime 7.7 closes security holes

H-Security Online: Version 7.7 of QuickTime is now available for users running Windows XP SP2 or later and Mac OS X v10.5.8 Leopard. The maintenance and security update addresses a total of 14 security vulnerabilities in the multimedia application. QuickTime 7.7 closes holes on both platforms that could be used by an attacker to, for example, crash the application or execute arbitrary code on a victim鈥檚 system. For an attack to be successful, a victim must first open a specially crafted file or a malicious web site....

August 4, 2011 路 2 min 路 223 words 路 Omid Farhang