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 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

Vista falls in Pwn2Own contests final day to a flaw in Adobe Flash

Vista falls in Pwn2Own contests final day to a flaw in Adobe Flash

Update 3/29/2008: Just to clarify in case it wasn't clear, this is a flaw in an Adobe product, Adobe Flash, and not in a Microsoft product or in the Windows Vista operating system.  This is important to note, as it's not quite as glamorous as the flaw that took down the brand new, fully patched, MacBook Air; which just so happened to be a flaw in Safari.

March 29, 2008 by in Laptops

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