Feeds

IE ripe for attack, despite Microsoft claims

Year of living dangerously

High performance access to file storage

Windows Vista may be "dramatically more secure" than Windows XP but Internet Explorer is destined to remain Windows' Achilles' heel.

Attacks on browsers will continue their inexorable ascent during the next 12 months, despite changes designed to lock out hackers and thwart remote attacks.

A new security report from IBM Internet Security Systems (ISS) blames the increase on the "exploit as a service industry" where material is being increasingly sold using a traditional channel model. Also, half of websites that carry material designed to infect browsers are capable of camouflaging their attack.

The most popular exploit last year was the MS04-013 critical vulnerability that hit versions of Windows dating back to Windows NT and was disclosed in 2004. It is unclear if MS-ITS can still be found in Windows Vista.

ISS's report makes even more troubling reading because Microsoft has given Windows Vista a clean bill of health and it has also taken responsibility for ensuring security with an architecture that shuts out experienced security partners.

That's going to be a problem as ISS notes that even tried and tested security specialists have faced increased difficulty detecting and solving malicious code. Malware has became harder to spot as viruses, rootkits and spyware increasingly blur the lines by borrowing each other's characteristics.

"Categories typically used by the security industry to differentiate standalone protection products will be much less relevant in 2007," ISS said. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker
Natter-board tells middle-class Britain to purée its passwords
Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report
If the spooks say they need it, they get it
Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed
Vendors and ISPs have work to do updating firmware - if it's possible to fix this
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'
So it begins ... or maybe not, says one analyst
Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches
German service pays tribute to Lavabit
German space centre endures cyber attack
Chinese code retrieved but NSA hack not ruled out
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.