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

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Oracle patches DB, apps

Oracle on Tuesday delivered 41 patches--including two that are rated the highest risk--for a wide range of products.According to the Oracle security team blog:This Critical Patch Update (CPU) addresses a total of 41 vulnerabilities affecting Oracle Database Server, Oracle Application Express, Oracle Application Server, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, and Oracle Siebel CRM Applications.

April 15, 2008 by

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Websense: Microsoft Live Hotmail CAPTCHA hacked in 6 seconds

Websense says that hackers have streamlined their anti-CAPTCHA tools and can attack Microsoft's Live Hotmail service in about 6 seconds.Websense has been on the CAPTCHA case for a while and the latest attack on Microsoft's Hotmail is an evolutionary leap because hackers' tools are automated and operating almost instantaneously.

April 13, 2008 by


Oracle preps critical database patches

Oracle has announced details of its own patch Tuesday--April 15--with 17 security fixes covering the company's flagship database and 41 patches collectively.Oracle said in an advisory that the patches cover "multiple security vulnerabilities" across its products.

April 11, 2008 by


DHS to name new CIO

The Department of Homeland Security said this week that it will name Richard Mangogna CIO.Mangogna comes to the DHS from Mason Harriman Group, where he was a senior advisory to the firm's agencies.

April 10, 2008 by


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 Nathan McFeters

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