Archive for June, 2006

Exploit in the wild for Apple vulnerability

Friday, June 30th, 2006

A couple days ago there was a release of Mac OS X 10.4.7 which addressed several security flaws. There is now an exploit published for one of these vulnerabilities. The attacker using this exploit could gain remote root (administrator) access to the machine. So, don’t delay any further on patching. No system is a fortress [...]

OpenOffice.org security update

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Version 2.0.3 of OpenOffice.org has been released. It includes quite a few bugfixes, including three security related fixes. The security vulnerabilities were apparently found in an internal audit. One of the improvements in 2.0.3 is an integrated update check, to be able to check for available updates directly from within OpenOffice. I think this is [...]

The great firewall of China

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

The great firewall of China may be just an illusion in technical terms. This article describes the details of how things work…. Basically when “banned content” is detected, both ends of the connection are sent a flood of tcp reset packets. Which (if both sides are designed to pay attention to) means that the two [...]

Your own custom BSOD

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

Do you tire of XP’s blue screen text…. is it too drab and dry? Well you too can spice up your blue screen text…. This is not for the faint of heart when it comes to tinkering with “important files”…. But all you need is Windows XP and resourcehacker (Free). fluxiontech.com has the tutorial. Happy [...]

Intelliadmin – free disable usb storage tool

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

For Windows system administrators that have sweated over the perils of usb drives and memory sticks…. Intelliadmin has a tool for you. It’s a small utility that will allow to remotely disable usb drives over the LAN. It won’t affect usb mice/keyboards – just usb storage. So, if your network security policy doesn’t like USB [...]

Exploits a plenty – IE / Excel (Firefox?)

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

There are a number of vulnerabilities that are currently unpatched, but have working publicly known exploits for Excel (*2) and Internet Explorer (2 vulnerabilities here as well.) Proof of Concept code has been released for both the Excel and Internet Explorer vulnerabilities. This means, with the code publicly available, it won’t be long before it’s [...]

Apple Mac OS X updates

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

There are several issues fixed by a bundle of updates for OS X (for 10.4 up to 10.4.6). The new release is 10.4.7 There are a number of issues fixed in addition to at least 3 security related problems. Incidents.org has more details. I know many Mac users feel the “aura of invincibility”, but…. keeping [...]

Google Checkout

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

Gbuy, Gcheckout, Google Payments etc…. the news has been circulating for months – Google will compete with Paypal. Well, Google Checkout has finally launched and is being covered by most every outlet covering online news (including several of Google’s blogs are talking about this latest product launch from google. It seems to be US only [...]

FreeDos suspended development – nevermind

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

The Freedos has suspended development. It’s been a 12 year project and really, Freedos has become THE free DOS implementation around. It’s been shipped with “blank” pc’s, integrated into several other projects that use a dos’ish boot environment and the 1.0 release has not officially come. (I think the most recent is a Beta9 Service [...]

All old scams are new again….

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Last week I got a notice of this warning…. it seems that scammers are sending out emails claiming to be from the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.) and the email claims that the government will no longer insure your bank deposits unless you validate certain information…    Send article as PDF   

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