Tag Archive | "windows"


11 April 2012 | 1,292 views

Microsoft Delivers 6 Out Of Band High Priority Security Updates

Now it was only last month when everyone was wrapped up in the MS12-020 RDP Exploit Code In The Wild issue. As it turns out, Microsoft have been hiding some more serious security issues under the carpet. Apparently attackers are already exploiting the MS12-027 flaw in ActiveX in the wild – although Microsoft of course [...]

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03 March 2011 | 9,028 views

Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer – Test Software Vulnerabilities

Attack Surface Analyzer is developed by the Security Engineering group, building on the work of our Security Science team. It is the same tool used by Microsoft’s internal product groups to catalogue changes made to operating system attack surface by the installation of new software. Attack Surface Analyzer takes a snapshot of your system state [...]

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09 June 2010 | 9,688 views

Microsoft Patches At Least 34 Bugs Including Pwn2Own Vulnerability

What a massive mother-load of patches Microsoft has unleashed on this month patching more than 34 security vulnerabilities including the fairly high profile vulnerability exploited at the Pwn2Own contest earlier this year in April. Good news as long as all the average Internet users actually use Windows Update and install the latest patches, which somehow [...]

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12 January 2010 | 5,544 views

Microsoft Preps Windows Security Fix for Patch Tuesday

Many users are expecting a patch for the Microsoft IIS Semicolon Bug, but from the recently published bulletin by Microsoft it seems that is highly unlikely during this patch cycle. Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for January 2010 It seems they will only be pushing out a fairly low priority fix which is rated critical [...]

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19 November 2009 | 23,712 views

Microsoft Confirms First Windows 7 0-Day Vulnerability

So a pretty serious remote vulnerability has been discovered in Windows 7, as usual Microsoft is downplaying the problem asking you to block the ports on your firewall rather than fixing the issue. I’d imagine the problem would only really be a big issue inside networks as who exposes SMB ports to the outside world [...]

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05 November 2009 | 10,984 views

Windows 7 UAC (User Access Control) Ineffective Against Malware

There have been a few stories about Windows 7, even one about Windows 7 UAC before and now it’s officially on sale I’d expect there to be many more. As always malware and mass infections is a numbers game so the bad guys will always target the most popular and prolific operating systems to increase [...]

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01 June 2009 | 4,924 views

Hackers Exploiting Unpatched DirectX Bug With Quicktime

It seems like another fairly critical flaw has been discovered in Microsoft Windows. It’s serious as it allows remote code execution, which basically means if you get hit with it your machine is owned. It seems DirectX 7, 8 and 9 in Windows 2000, XP and Server 2003 are at risk. Windows Vista, Server 2008 [...]

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08 April 2009 | 2,873 views

Microsoft Puts Hold on Forefront Security Product Range

Microsoft is in the news again, but this time for holding back on something security related. It seems like they want to have some extra time for development, and well perhaps some business related factors come into play too. A lot of Windows networks use ISA (as it used to be called) – in the [...]

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04 February 2009 | 6,561 views

Windows 7 UAC Vulnerable – User Mode Program Can Disable User Access Control

It seems like Windows 7 is already creating some controversy even though it’s still in BETA. Just like Vista it also has UAC (User Access Control) which a lot of people disable completely because they find it irritating (myself included). When that happens, the boundary between security and usability has crossed too far and the [...]

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24 October 2008 | 5,805 views

Microsoft Rushes Out Critical RPC Bug Fix

Now this doesn’t happen all that often, it must be really serious! An Out-of-Band patch from Microsoft (since it’s famous ‘Patch Tuesday‘ it only releases patches on the second Tuesday of each month) has been released for a new RPC flaw. I’d imagine it’s similar to the RPC flaw that spawned such disasters as Blaster [...]

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