Free Windows addons and utilities

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

I’ve spent much of my time the last few years looking at windows support from the linux side of the fence. Certainly linux boot disks and the like are among the most useful utilities that I’ve used. However, I am reminded from time to time that there is a good share of freely available utilities [...]

Lack of working exploit does not mean Windows 98 is safe

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

I want to try to clarify a point. I’ve spent a couple days trying to get current exploits to work on a Windows 98 SE virtual machine. Not to prove that Windows 98 is safe, but to determine if current exploits affect Windows 98. Yesterday evening there were apocalyptic headlines saying that virus threatens every [...]

WMF exploit testing on Windows 98

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

I had hoped to get in another test of Windows 98 with yet another WMF viewer (tried Kodak imaging, and irfanview). So far I haven’t seen a way that the WMF exploits can work on Windows 98 SE. I’m running out of time before I have to run to some computer service appointments and maybe [...]

Windows 98 and the WMF exploit

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

I’ve seen breathless headlines that say “Windows PCs face ‘huge’ virus threat; Affects every MICROSOFT OS shipped since 1990…” and really would like to try to clarify (again) what the situation is. Yes, the bug or vulnerability that’s currently being exploited exists as far back as Windows 3.0, but as far as I can tell [...]

More testing on the second WMF exploit

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

After my Windows 98 tests which failed to exploit the system with either the first or the second vulnerability, I started wondering how well the antivirus companies were doing in detecting this second exploit variation. I had setup and updated metasploit so I could test my Windows 98 SE install against the latest version of [...]

Version 2 of the WMF exploit vs Windows 98 SE

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

Ok, I wasn’t quite satisfied with the results of the tests against the first version of the WMF (Windows Metafile) zero day exploit that’s now up to 4 or 5 days or so… Windows 98 is listed as being vulnerable, but there are no patches or workarounds currently available for Windows 98 users. I was [...]

More WMF exploit testing on Windows 98

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

I’ve spent some more effort on trying to infect Windows 98 SE in a virtual machine with some of the exploit samples I can find. The first attempt was at a website with the .wmf download. No luck infecting the system there. Then, I’ve loaded up the image and visited kyeu dot info/WMF/ and tried [...]

WMF exploit and Windows 98

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

Most of the talk on the WMF zero-day has centered on Windows XP, 2000 and 2003. The unofficial patch is available for those three platforms. Microsoft’s (eventual) patch will likely be for those as well. Incidents.org had a comment in one of their posts that this would be a “watershed moment” for Windows 98/ME and [...]

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