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

Old Windows kernel bug comes back to bite

On October 22, 2004, Argentine hacker Cesar Cerrudo approached Microsoft with the discovery of a Windows Kernel GDI local privilege escalation vulnerability.  At the time, Cerrudo said Redmond's security response team deemed it a "design problem" and filed it away as something "to be fixed in a future service pack.

March 12, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


Vista vulnerable to 'Sticky Keys' backdoor

From the "neat-find-department" comes word from McAfee that Windows Vista is vulnerable to a Sticky Keys backdoor that could be exploited -- under perfect circumstances -- to launch malicious executables.McAfee researcher Vinoo Thomas said the security risk, which is already well-known on Windows XP, exists because Windows Vista does not check the integrity of the Sticky Keys file (%systemroot%windowssystem32sethc.

March 12, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


Should Microsoft downgrade Vista vulnerabilities?

The man who wrote the book on Microsoft's highly rated SDL (Security Development Lifecycle) believes buffer-related security vulnerabilities found in Windows Vista should be downgraded because of back-up mitigations built into the operating system.

March 12, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


ICANN: Anycast saved DNS root servers during attack

The two DNS root servers "badly affected" by last month's intense denial-of-service attack were the only two targeted that have not yet installed the Anycast load balancing technology, according to a report (.pdf) released by ICANN.

March 8, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


Microsoft: No security patches this month

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday train will be empty this month.A advance notice from Redmond says there are no security updates on tap for Tuesday, March 13, the day set aside for software fixes.

March 8, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


Talkative botnet herder taunts security researchers

The botnet operator behind the virulent Nirbot Trojan is having a field day taunting anti-virus researchers. While it is common to find messages and shout-outs buried in virus code, the person(s) behind Nirbot is rather talkative, leaving hostile threates directed at specific individuals, a strange apology for something involving "hospital computers" and even a mock CNN interview that discusses the bot's intent.

March 8, 2007 by Ryan Naraine