Posts under Security category

VirusTotal URL scanner and Browser extensions

VirusTotal is a service that analyzes suspicious files and now URLs and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware detected by antivirus engines. It thus enables the identification of viruses, worms, trojans and other kinds […]

How does Microsoft investigate and release security updates?

Vulnerabilities are weaknesses in software that enable an attacker to compromise the integrity, availability, or confidentiality of that software. Microsoft uses a process to investigate and release security updates that address vulnerabilities in the software it produces.

Windows Shortcut Exploit Protection Tool

Sophos Windows Shortcut Exploit Protection Tool

Sophos has released a Windows Shortcut Exploit Protection Tool that claims to block any attacks trying to exploit the critical unpatched vulnerability in Windows shortcut files. Windows Shortcut Exploit Protection Tool This exploit is a zero-day vulnerability in all versions […]

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Fix it: .LNK and .PIF file shortcuts vulnerability in Windows Shell

Microsoft has released an automated Fix It package that will help prevent attacks attempting to exploit a Windows Shell vulnerability. This workaround may however disable some icons from being displayed so it is recommended that administrators test this before deploying […]

NEW Microsoft Security Essentials BETA Now Available

Microsoft has announced the beta for the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials. Microsoft Security Essentials was first released in September 2009 and is designed to help address the ongoing security needs of PCs running genuine Windows – helping keep […]

Secunia: Apple makes the most vulnerable software in the market today

According to the Secunia Half Year Report 2010 report released recently, Apple makes the most vulnerable software available on the market today. Moreover, Secunia also made it clear that Apple software has constantly accounted for more security vulnerabilities than Microsoft’s.

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The Rise & Rise of the Rogue AntiVirus Testers

If Rogue antivirus software are on the rise, can the Rogue Antivirus Testers be far behind? Rogue AntiVirus products sell fake security products at best. At worst, they in fact install additional malware!

New security flaw could compromise older Windows Operating Systems

Microsoft was made aware Monday of a security flaw in older versions of Windows that could, if exploited, allow hackers to run malicious code on unsuspecting computers. The vulnerability is caused ‘due to a boundary error in the “UpdateFrameTitleForDocument()” function […]

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Microsoft-Spurned Researcher Collective Formed!

A group of security researchers, pissed off with the way Microsoft supposedly ‘treated‘ Tavis Ormandy, a Google engineer, for publicly disclosing a zero-day Windows XP Help Center vulnerability, currently being exploited in the wild, has come together to form the […]

Safety Scan for Windows 7 & Windows Vista from Microsoft

Have you tried the Windows Vista and Windows 7 edition of the Windows Live safety scanner? While Microsoft may have discontinued OneCare products in favor of Microsoft Security Essentials, it still offers a safety scan for  Windows 7 & Vista […]

Basic tips to safeguard your Facebook account

Facebook today is one of the most popular website and one of the most attacked too. But with some caution and common-sense, you can stay absolutely safe and continue to enjoy it! Here’s a list of 3 basic tips to […]

Attacks on Windows XP Help and Support Center hole increase

On June 10th, Microsoft warned of a vulnerability in the Help and Support function of Windows XP SP2 or SP3. The vulnerability was first discovered by Google’s senior security researcher, Tavis Ormandy, who after notifying Microsoft of the vulnerability, released […]

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Microsoft helps FBI in exposing Scareware Fraud Schemes.

Investigators from Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, with the support of Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center and Customer Support Services, helped the Federal Bureau of Investigations, USA, in tackling fake antivirus , security or other optimization software (rogueware or scareware) scams.

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Microsoft: Windows 7 x64 users may want to turn off Aero for the moment

Microsoft is investigating a new public report of a vulnerability in the Canonical Display Driver (cdd.dll) in Windows operating system. Although it is possible that the vulnerability could allow code execution, successful code execution is unlikely due to memory randomization. […]