Here's a major security update that may have slipped under the (mainstream media) radar.The new version of RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) desktop includes fixes for a wide range of vulnerabilities, some rated "critical.
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The month-of-bugs phenomenon is showing no signs of slowing down. Next up: MySpace.
Hackers are starting to agitate for Microsoft to start paying for information on security flaws found in its software products.The issue surfaced this week after the MSRC (Microsoft Security Response Team) posted a message on the sla.
Trend Micro has acquired HijackThis, the freeware spyware-removal program created by Merijn Bellekom. Financial terms of the deal, believed to be all-cash, were not released.
When the controversial Month of Apple Bugs (MOAB) project ended earlier this year, a derisive "that was it?" reaction could be heard coming from the Mac faithful.
On October 22, 2004, Argentine hacker Cesar Cerrudo approached Microsoft with the discovery of a Windows Kernel GDI local privilege escalation vulnerability. At the time, Cerrudo said Redmond's security response team deemed it a "design problem" and filed it away as something "to be fixed in a future service pack.
From the "neat-find-department" comes word from McAfee that Windows Vista is vulnerable to a Sticky Keys backdoor that could be exploited -- under perfect circumstances -- to launch malicious executables.McAfee researcher Vinoo Thomas said the security risk, which is already well-known on Windows XP, exists because Windows Vista does not check the integrity of the Sticky Keys file (%systemroot%windowssystem32sethc.
The man who wrote the book on Microsoft's highly rated SDL (Security Development Lifecycle) believes buffer-related security vulnerabilities found in Windows Vista should be downgraded because of back-up mitigations built into the operating system.
Flickr users, beware. Identity thieves are using fake "photo packages" to trick you into giving up your Yahoo username and password.
Are pump-and-dump spammers really making money from hyping penny stocks in e-mails? Paul Moriarty has the answer and it's an eyebrow-raising sight.
The two DNS root servers "badly affected" by last month's intense denial-of-service attack were the only two targeted that have not yet installed the Anycast load balancing technology, according to a report (.pdf) released by ICANN.
Microsoft's Patch Tuesday train will be empty this month.A advance notice from Redmond says there are no security updates on tap for Tuesday, March 13, the day set aside for software fixes.
The botnet operator behind the virulent Nirbot Trojan is having a field day taunting anti-virus researchers. While it is common to find messages and shout-outs buried in virus code, the person(s) behind Nirbot is rather talkative, leaving hostile threates directed at specific individuals, a strange apology for something involving "hospital computers" and even a mock CNN interview that discusses the bot's intent.
Symantec has snapped up a tiny software start-up in Virginia to help with its big plans in the compliance and security risk management space.
Amidst concerns that pedophiles are using public Tor (the Onion Router) servers to trade in child pornography, über-hacker HD Moore is building a tracking system capable of pinpointing specific workstations that searched for and downloaded sexual images and videos of kids.