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Hardware biz issued trojan-laced drivers, says researcher

A maker of hardware for computer gamers has taken its support site offline following a report that it was surreptitiously distributing malware on its downloads section. Carlsbad, California-based Razer took the precautionary move after Rik Ferguson, a senior security adviser in Europe with anti-virus firm Trend Micro, warned …
Dan Goodin, 21 Sep 2009
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Mozilla catches half of Firefox users running insecure Flash

More than half of all Firefox users ran an unsafe version of Adobe's Flash Player, according to statistics collected last week as users installed the latest release of the popular open-source browser. Of the 6 million or so people who upgraded to either 3.5.3 or 3.0.14 of Firefox on its debut last Thursday, slightly more than …
Dan Goodin, 17 Sep 2009
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White hats release exploit for critical Windows vuln

White-hat hackers have released reliable code that remotely exploits a critical vulnerability in the Vista and Server 2008 versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system. The exploit code, released Wednesday by security firm Immunity, came as separate researchers with the Metasploit penetration testing project said they were …
Dan Goodin, 16 Sep 2009
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Microsoft security tools give devs the warm fuzzies

Microsoft has released a general-purpose software tool for assessing the security of applications, part of a growing suite of free offerings designed to help third-party developers design safer programs. Microsoft Minifuzz is a lightweight file fuzzer, a type of tool that detects software bugs by throwing random data at an …
Dan Goodin, 16 Sep 2009
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Trial set for 'botnet for hire' duo

A federal judge has cleared the way for the trial of two men accused of waging a cyber attack on a webhosting company so they could demonstrate the effectiveness of their botnet to potential customers. The trial of Thomas James Frederick Smith, 21, most recently of Parris Island, South Carolina, and David Anthony Edwards, 20, …
Dan Goodin, 16 Sep 2009
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FreeBSD bug grants local root access

A security researcher has uncovered a security bug in the FreeBSD operating system that allows users with limited privileges to take full control of underlying systems. The bug in FreeBSD's kqueue notification interface makes it trivial for those with local access to a vulnerable system to gain full root privileges, Przemyslaw …
Dan Goodin, 14 Sep 2009
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Microsoft purges AutoRun from older Windows

Microsoft has finally removed a function from earlier versions of its Windows operating system that has been widely abused by miscreants to surreptitiously install malware on users' computers. The feature, known as AutoRun, allows Windows machines to automatically execute certain programs - such as media players or installers …
Dan Goodin, 14 Sep 2009
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Linux webserver botnet pushes malware

A security researcher has discovered a cluster of infected Linux servers that have been corralled into a special ops botnet of sorts and used to distribute malware to unwitting people browsing the web. Each of the infected machines examined so far is a dedicated or virtual dedicated server running a legitimate website, Denis …
Dan Goodin, 12 Sep 2009
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Apple unloads 47 fixes for iPhones, Macs and QuickTime

Apple has issued fixes for more than 47 security bugs in the Mac, iPhone and QuickTime media player, some that allowed attackers to take complete control of the underlying device. The patches, which were released over a 24-hour period starting Wednesday, fix critical vulnerabilities in a variety software made both by Apple and …
Dan Goodin, 11 Sep 2009
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Critical bug infests newer versions of Microsoft Windows

Microsoft has promised to patch a serious flaw in newer versions of its Windows operating system after hackers released exploit code that allows them to take complete control of the underlying machines. The flaw, which affects various versions of Windows Vista, 2008, and the release candidate version of Windows 7, resides in …
Dan Goodin, 9 Sep 2009
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Microsoft, Cisco issue patches for newfangled DoS exploit

Updated Microsoft and Cisco have issued updates that protect against a new class of attack that requires very little bandwidth and can leave servers and routers paralyzed even after a flood of malicious data has stopped. The bug in the TCP, or transmission control protocol, was disclosed in October by security researchers Jack Louis …
Dan Goodin, 9 Sep 2009
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Firefox to warn users of insecure Adobe Flash

Upcoming versions of Mozilla's Firefox browser will automatically warn users running versions of Adobe's Flash Media Player that contain known security bugs, according to a published report. The check will be invoked each time the popular open-source browser is updated, according to the report which was published Thursday by …
Dan Goodin, 4 Sep 2009
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New IIS attacks (greatly) expand number of vulnerable servers

Attackers have begun actively targeting an unpatched hole in Microsoft's Internet Information Services webserver using new exploit code that greatly expands the number of systems that are vulnerable to the bug. In an updated advisory published Friday, Microsoft researchers said they are seeing "limited attacks" exploiting the …
Dan Goodin, 4 Sep 2009
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Apple security lags (again) with critical Java patches

Comment Apple is once again playing security catch-up to the rest of the computing world, this time with an update for the Leopard version of its Mac operating system that patches critical holes in Java that were fixed on competing systems 29 days ago. The patch updates Leopard to Java versions 1.6.0_15, 1.5.0_20, and 1.4.2_22, which …
Dan Goodin, 4 Sep 2009
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Microsoft says US is top malware target

Windows users based in the United States are the most likely to benefit from Microsoft's malicious software removal tool, which has removed malware from nearly 2.2 million US machines, more than the other nine top countries combined. Over the same period, the MSRT has disinfected 383,378 machines in China, 282,152 in Brazil, …
Dan Goodin, 31 Aug 2009
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Snow Leopard security - The good, the bad and the missing

Apple Engineers missed a key opportunity to implement an industry-standard technology in their latest operating system that would have made it more resistant to hacking attacks, three researchers have said. Known as ASLR, or address space layout randomization, the measure picks a different memory location to load system …
Dan Goodin, 29 Aug 2009
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Feds warn of malware in fake credit union advisory

A government agency is warning all federally insured credit unions to be on the lookout for a bogus alert delivered through the US mail that includes two CDs containing malware. The fake alert purports to come from Michael E. Fryzel, the chairman of the National Credit Union Administration and warns of phishing and vishing …
Dan Goodin, 27 Aug 2009
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Apple sneaks malware protection into Snow Leopard

Apple is dipping yet another toe into the anti-malware pond with a feature in the latest beta version of its forthcoming Snow Leopard operating system. The protection was quietly added earlier this month to Snow Leopard 10A432, the most recent build of the new version of Mac OS X that is due for release this Friday, according …
Dan Goodin, 25 Aug 2009

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