Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is a security writer-editor for ZDNet. He can be found on sister sites CNET and CBS News. He is based in the New York newsroom. You can send him secure email with his PGP key: EB6CEEA5.

Charlie Osborne

Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charlie currently works as a journalist and photographer -- with the occasional design piece -- and writes for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has particular interests in social media, IP law, social engineering and security.

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Apple bolsters QuickTime defenses... or do they?

Apple bolsters QuickTime defenses... or do they?

A couple of great articles came out recently, one from Ryan Naraine and one from our very own Larry Dignan, about some of the defenses that Apple is trying to build into QuickTime to defend Vista users.As we've talked about here before, with Vista, it's all about the DEP and the ASLR (ok, and SafeSEH, stack/heap canaries, etc.

April 8, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Apple bolsters QuickTime defenses

Apple bolsters QuickTime defenses

Apple is adding several anti-hacking features to QuickTime in an effort to build up the media player's defenses.Ryan Naraine reports that exploit prevention mechanisms have been added to QuickTime in its latest batch of patches.

April 8, 2008 by in Hardware

The next big thing? Crimeware-as-a-service

The next big thing? Crimeware-as-a-service

Finjan says Crimeware-as-a-Service (CaaS) is becoming an increasing problem and the ability of law enforcement to track malicious hackers will become increasingly hampered.On Monday, Finjan's Malicious Code Research Center (MCRC) released its first quarter Web security trends report (registration required) and highlighted CaaS.

April 7, 2008 by in Security

Apple patches 11 QuickTime flaws

Apple patches 11 QuickTime flaws

Apple pushed out the latest version of QuickTime and patched 11 vulnerabilities in its third security update of 2008.Late Wednesday, Apple pushed the update, which covers QuickTime on all platforms.

April 3, 2008 by in Hardware

Adobe claims to have known of Flash issue prior to CanSecWest '08, patch is on the way

Adobe claims to have known of Flash issue prior to CanSecWest '08, patch is on the way

In a comment in a talkback on the original issue discovered in Adobe Flash that led to the compromise of the Vista machine at the Pwn2Own contest, an Adobe representitive, Erick Lee, Manager of Adobe Secure Software Engineering Team (ASSET), claimed that Adobe knew of the flaw and has a patch on the way. This announcement acknowledges that Adobe knew of the risk, accepted it as their own, and was working on fixing it.

April 3, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

"How do I?" videos for security

"How do I?" videos for security

While checking out Billy Rios's XS-Sniper blog today, I noted that he had included an interesting link to some videos produced by Microsoft.  I haven't had a chance to check them all out yet, but they are quite interesting.

April 3, 2008 by in Security

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