Archive for August, 2005

Lots of news…

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

It looks as though there are quite a few things that I have skimmed over the last two days and haven’t posted on. I’ve been preoccupied with a couple of projects and frankly following news regarding the hurricane along the Gulf Coast. I thought I’d pass along two links that I’ve been following today specifically […]

A virus writer talks….

Monday, August 29th, 2005

Along the lines of “Wishlist of Spyware Slime” that I referred to last week, it appears there’s a chat transcript out from before the arrest of the suspected writer of the mytob and zotob worms. The security fix has the details.    Send article as PDF   

OpenSuse 10 beta 3 review and screenshots

Friday, August 26th, 2005

Yesterday (or day before) Mandriva had a beta 3 come out, today I see OpenSuse has released the third beta in the release cycle for version 10. It sounds like most of the changes have not been user-visible, but more “under the hood”. There is a bit of a review at with some nice […]

Serious PHP flaw

Friday, August 26th, 2005

PHP which is a widely used scripting language for webpages has been found to have a serious vulnerability. The Inquirer is reporting on the announcement at that the vulnerabilities are in the XML-RPC for PHP and PEAR XML-RPC libraries. This is apparently an eval() vulnerability similar to one earlier in the year.    Send […]

Update on Long registry entries bug

Friday, August 26th, 2005 has an update on yesterdays story of very long registry entries not being visible in most registry tools (regedit among others.) They have an updated list of what does and does not read these long keys. They’ve alluded to nasties in the wild that are already taking advantage of this and have confirmed that […]

FBI nabs Zotob and Mytob authors

Friday, August 26th, 2005

I’m impressed, it looks as though the FBI has announced the arrest of the authors of both the Zotob and Mytob viruses. Of course Zotob was in the wild in the last 2 weeks. This is really very good news as it is rare for virus writers to be identified and captured. Maybe the FBI […]

The end of antivirus definition updates?

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Well, frankly, there has been talk of the end of definition based antivirus scanning for years. You see the achilles heel of any AV scanner is that it has to have signatures of what known viruses look like, so there will always be a reflex window, where there’s a new unknown virus that people are […]

Get paid for the mistakes you make….

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

It seems that some companies are fortunate enough to be able to make money even from their faults. The Monterey Herald details an account of a woman who was informed by Choicepoint that crooks had accessed some of her personal information. This was apparently due to a lapse in security at Choicepoint. They then offered […]

Zotob may affect XP Service pack 1 systems

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

There’s an eweek article indicating the zotob family of worms could affect Windows XP SP1 systems as well as the Windows 2000 systems that are currently affected. Since the original outbreak it’s been reported that there were certain circumstances that an XP system could be compromised, this seems to back that up.    Send article […]

Virtual Server 2005 R2 to support Linux

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Microsoft’s Virtual Server 2005 R2 will be supporting both Linux and Solaris as guest operating systems in the coming release. The coming release of Virtual Server 2005 R2 will also include 64-bit support.    Send article as PDF