Violet Blue

Violet Blue is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. She contributes to ZDNet, CNET, CBS News, and SF Appeal.

Larry Seltzer

Larry Seltzer has long been a recognized expert in technology, with a focus on mobile technology and security in recent years

Latest Posts

Security-wise, Google Chrome is (potentially very) Good

Security bloggers are already commenting on Google's slightly premature "Chrome" browser leak. Built on top of the Apple sponsored WebKit engine, the browser offers several security features that we have only seen so far in the beta releases of IE8.

September 2, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell


Google Chrome vulnerable to carpet-bombing flaw

Google's shiny new Web browser is vulnerable to a carpet-bombing vulnerability that could expose Windows users to malicious hacker attacks.Just hours after the release of Google Chrome, researcher Aviv Raff discovered that he could combine two vulnerabilities -- a flaw in Apple Safari (WebKit) and a Java bug discussed at this year's Black Hat conference -- to trick users into launching executables direct from the new browser.

September 2, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Microsoft downplays BitLocker password leakage

Microsoft is downplaying the severity of a password leakage issue in BitLocker, the full disk encryption feature built into Windows Vista, insisting that a real world attack scenario is "very unlikely."According to an advisory from iViZ, the password checking routine of Microsoft Bitlocker fails to sanitize the BIOS keyboard buffer after reading passwords, resulting in plain text password leakage to unprivileged local users.

September 2, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


VMware ships patches for 'highly critical' server flaws

Virtualization specialist VMware has shipped a mega-patch to cover several "highly critical" vulnerabilities affecting its server and workstation product lines.In all, the patch batch addresses at least 16 documented vulnerabilities affecting the VMware Workstation, VMware Player, VMware ACE, VMware Server and VMware ESX server.

September 2, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Google Chrome, the security tidbits

The oft-rumored Google browser is real. It's called Google Chrome and it comes with a handful of security-related features like privacy mode and blacklist-based blocking of phishing and malware sites.

September 1, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Inside India's CAPTCHA solving economy

No CAPTCHA can survive a human that's receiving financial incentives for solving it, and with an army of low-waged human CAPTCHA solvers officially in the business of "data processing" while earning a mere $2 for solving a thousand CAPTCHA's, I'm already starting to see evidence of consolidation between India's major CAPTCHA solving companies.

August 29, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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MSN Norway serving Flash exploits through malvertising

Morten Krakvik from the Norwegian Honeynet Project is reporting that MSN Norway is among the latest victims of malvertising, a practice where a bogus advertising provider tricks leading portals into accepting advertisements from its network, which often end up redirecting to live exploit URLs.

August 27, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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Intel ships BIOS fix for Rutkowska's Black Hat flaw

Intel has shipped a BIOS update with a fix for a privilege escalation vulnerability that was used by rootkit researcher Joanna Rutkowska to bluepill the Xen hypervisor.The vulnerability was discussed by Rutkowska at the Black Hat briefings earlier this month but details on the exploit were withheld until Intel could release its patch.

August 27, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


iPhone passcode lock rendered useless

Do not trust that passcode lock on Apple's iPhone.The feature, which lets users set a four-digit pincode to limit access to the device, can be easily bypassed with a few finger taps on the iPhone to give an intruder access to sensitive information.

August 26, 2008 by Ryan Naraine