It seems that online baddies are again using a flaw in the Windows help system to help themselves – to access to your computer system. As reported by Aunty last week, a flaw in the help system for certain releases of Windows, along with instructions on how to exploit it, were announced by a Chinese […]
Many of you have heard Aunty pile accolades on anti-spam program Cloudmark for their unique and highly effective way of stopping spam for their users: they have a network of several dozens of thousands of “reporters”, and when a certain number of them all report back to the Cloudmark mothership that a given piece of […]
Aunty had no idea that there was such a distinction to finding the last Windows security hole of the year! But that is the only thing which can explain this last minute rush to post newly discovered flaws in the eleventh hour of the holiday season. Barely ten hours ago, Aunty told you about two […]
Two new wide-spread and far-reaching security flaws have been identified in Windows. And not content to just identify the flaws, the Chinese “security” (and Aunty uses the term advisedly) firm, VenusTech, has also posted the code necessary to exploit the flaws. That story was picked up and posted by the Chinese security forum, Xfocus Team. […]
Information Security Magazine, following extensive review, has published its list of the top security products for 2004. Evaluating products in a baker’s dozen of categories, and with a first, second, and third place in each (gold, silver, and bronze, respectively), this is one extensive and thorough cross-product comparison! Aunty particularly likes that they provide not […]
You may recall that last week Aunty reported that an advanced computer class at Chicago University had found 44 security holes in Unix. Well, its kissing cousin, Linux, the people who brought you that adorable penguin, Tux, is more secure, even unpatched, than are other computer systems, and specifically Windows, even when patched. And that’s […]
When Aunty reported on the five Windows security updates earlier this week, you didn’t actually think that it would be the last update for the week, did you? Oh no. Say “hello” to bouncing baby update #6 for the week. This fine young specimen is an update for Windows XP users. It turns out that […]
Professor D.J. Bernstein of the University of Illinois at Chicago has notified the Unix security community that his students have found no fewer than forty four security vulnerabilities in Unix. Bernstein gave the students for his MCS Computer Science (Unix) course the assignment to find ten previously undiscovered security holes in Unix, and boy did […]
As Aunty promised, here is the rundown on the five… count ’em… five security updates which Microsoft just released for Windows users and administrators: 1. Vulnerability in WordPad According to the Microsoft site, the vulnerabilty in WordPad allows an attacker to “take complete control of the affected system”. Ouch. There are actually two vulnerabilities in […]
We’ve talked some about cookies (the kind which are saved on your computer, not the kind which you eat, although look at the bottom of this post for a great cookies-that-you-eat recipe!) Some of the most frequently asked questions which we get regarding cookies are “how can I find out what cookies are lurking on […]
Lx_CATS is a Lexmark printer file, installed by Lexmark, which spies on your printer usage and reports back to the Lexmark mother ship.
Because Windows works so well, and is such a secure product, newer versions of the ATM will be run on Windows, instead of the standard OS/2. And, oh yes, they will be connected to the bank’s IP network.
Two-factor security key being offered by AOL is just the thing to help thwart phishers and identity theft.