A report arguing that the first year of Vista has been more secure--or at least has had fewer vulnerabilities--than XP and other operating systems has raised a ruckus. The issue raises a question about whether there are any metrics that could accurately capture whether an operating system is more secure.
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Microsoft's Jeff Jones is at it again with a report claiming that Vista is more secure than its predecessor--XP--and every other modern operating system out there.I know what you're going to say--Jones is a blowhard.
AirDefense recently did a Wireless LAN security survey of New York City retailers where they declared two thirds of retailers insecure according to John Cox's story. According to the AirDefense survey, a third used zero link layer wireless LAN security (explanation of link layer here) and a third used "weak security".
Best Buy is investigating a factory installed virus that has infected select Insignia digital picture frames. Insignia is Best Buy's in-house electronics brand.
Symantec executives said that new devices such as the iPod and Treo will require a new set of security technologies and perhaps a different business model.
Mozilla's security chief Window Snyder has confirmed a proof of concept information leak flaw in Firefox--even fully patched versions.Snyder confirmed the issue in a blog post.
Fresh off a series of security problems with software included on HP laptops, the company is under the gun again, say security researchers. One common thread: HP vulnerabilities due to ActiveX issues.
Virtualization will become dominant in enterprises, but the security risks are fuzzy at best. Meanwhile, the usual defense--firewalls, security appliances and such aren't ready for virtualization.
Crispin Cowan, the Linux security expert behind StackGard, the Immunix Linux distro and AppArmor, has joined the Windows security team.In a blog post last week, Microsoft's Michael Howard, author of Writing Secure Code, wrote:For those of you who don’t know Crispin, Crispin is responsible for a number of very well respected Linux-based security technologies such as StackGuard, the Immunix Linux distro, SubDomain and AppArmor.
Updated below: Aviv Raff, a security researcher, has found a flaw in Skype that could allow an attacker to control your PC.On his blog, Raff explains the following:Skype uses Internet Explorer web control within the application to render internal and external HTML pages.