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

Exploit published for gaping (patched) IE hole

If you haven't applied the "critical" patch in Microsoft's MS07-009 bulletin, now might be a good time to hit that download-and-install button.Detailed exploit code for the vulnerability -- discovered during HD Moore's MOBB (month of browser bugs) project and fixed on Patch Tuesday in February -- has surfaced on the Internet, offering malware authors step-by-step instructions on how to launch PC takeover attacks.

March 26, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


Microsoft to 'killbit' MSXML4

Less than six months after the discovery of zero-day attacks against Microsoft XML Core Services 4.0, Microsoft plans to "killbit" MSXML4 and completely remove the XML parser from its download center.

March 26, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


How long can a Mac survive the hacker jungle?

Apple's Mac OS X has a date with some of the world's smartest hackers.At this year's CanSecWest 2007 conference in Vancouver, BC, a "PWN to OWN" contest will pit security researchers against a MacBook Pro in an experiment to see how well a default Mac OS X install can survive hacker scrutiny.

March 26, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


Vista's Windows Mail vulnerable to file-execution attack

A design error in Microsoft's Windows Mail, the e-mail application bundled into Windows Vista, could expose users to remote file-execution attacks, according to a warning from security researchers.A hacker known as "Kingcope" published proof-of-concept code to show that remote code execution is possible if a user is tricked into clicking a malicious link.

March 23, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


90-day report card: Windows Vista fared better than competitors

Ninety days after the release of Microsoft's Windows Vista to business customers, the new operating system has a much better security vulnerability profile than its predecessor and several other modern workstation operating systems including Red Hat, Ubuntu, Novell and Apple products.That's according to Jeff Jones, security strategy director in Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing group.

March 22, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


Firefox update patches FTP port scanning flaw

Mozilla has shipped another Firefox update to patch a security flaw in the way the browser implements the FTP protocol.Exploitation of the flaw, which is rated low-risk, could allow an attacker to perform reconnaissance on a vulnerable machine.

March 20, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


Xbox Live hacked, accounts stolen

Online gaming forums are buzzing with reports that Xbox Live accounts linked to Microsoft's Windows Live ID service are being hijacked by malicious hackers. Kevin Finisterre, a security researcher at Digital Munition, raised the issue on the Full Disclosure mailing list over the weekend, calling attention to rumors that Microsoft's Bungie.

March 20, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


Punditry: Will Microsoft buy flaws?

Last week, I wrote about hackers starting to agitate for Microsoft (and other software vendors) to start paying for information on security vulnerabilities. As a follow-up to that post, I pinged a few security research pros, asking whether they agreed it's inevitable will start buying bugs.

March 19, 2007 by Ryan Naraine