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Adobe PDF patch released, but only for some

Adobe PDF patch released, but only for some

After weeks of swinging and missing on proper response to a gaping security hole in its ever-present PDF Reader software, Adobe has finally shipped a patch but only for some affected users.On the same day Microsoft issued its scheduled batch of patches, Adobe dropped a security bulletin warning of a "critical" vulnerability in Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9 and earlier versions.

March 10, 2009 by in Security

Microsoft fixes critical Windows kernel, WINS flaws

Microsoft fixes critical Windows kernel, WINS flaws

Microsoft today shipped three security bulletins with fixes for at least 8 documented vulnerabilities affecting millions of Windows OS users.The most serious of this month's patch batch is rated "critical" and could allow full remote execution attacks if a Windows user is simply lured into viewing a booby-trapped image file.

March 10, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Russia kinda-sorta owns up to Estonia cyberwar

Russia kinda-sorta owns up to Estonia cyberwar

Radio Free Europe is reporting that an official from Putin's party has publicly stated that he orchestrated the 2007 DDoS Attacks on Estonia.The information security and military communities have been speculating for the past two years about who were the primary actors behind the 2007 Estonian DDoS attacks.

March 8, 2009 by in Security

Metasploit's HD Moore releases 'war dialing' tools

Metasploit's HD Moore releases 'war dialing' tools

HD Moore wants to simplify pen-testing and simulated hacking attacks against telephone systems.The Metasploit founder has released WarVOX as a free suite of tools to explore, classify and audit a range of telephone systems, including modems, faxes, voicemail boxes, PBXs, loops, dial tones, IVRs and forwarders.

March 5, 2009 by in CXO

FAA confirms data breach; 45,000 affected

FAA confirms data breach; 45,000 affected

A computer breach at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has led to the theft of personal information on more than 45,000 employees and retirees, the agency confirmed this week.All told, the FAA said the hackers hijacked 48 files, two containing sensitive personal information that could expose the employees and retirees to identity theft.

March 5, 2009 by in Hardware

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