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  • Another Zero-Day Vulnerability for IE

    Well, it’s been a while since we’ve had an active zero-day in Internet Explorer, but according to Microsoft Security Advisory 972890, that’s what we’re looking at:  a vulnerability in DirectX that allows for unauthenticated, remote execution attacks via Internet Explorer.  In other words, drive-by attacks. This vulnerability impacts ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on July 7, 2009
  • We’re Back In The Worm Zone

    The Conficker worm continues to make headlines, not only because it has been so elusive over the past 5 or so months, but because it is configured to do something special on April 1, 2009.  For a disturbingly large number of individuals and organizations, it could prove to be a not-so-happy day. You can read up on the anticipated April 1 ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on March 30, 2009
  • Yes, Security Is Still Important in 2009

    Quite frankly, it’s even more important than it has been in the past.   This morning, I was reading some articles on information security, including news about the Conficker worm.  You know, we haven’t had a really good worm in 3 or 4 years, so it seems that people have forgotten about how dangerous those things can be, and how ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on February 13, 2009
  • Revenge of the Worms?

    It's been a while since we've had a massive worm outbreak, but the potential for such an occurrence has increased significantly over the weekend with word that a wormable exploit has been made available for the recent animated cursor vulnerability in Windows. Microsoft has issued several status updates over the past few days via the Microsoft ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 2, 2007
  • More Malware, More SPAM

    According to some reports, spyware is getting harder and harder to control.  The sophistication of the malware makers is growing at a much faster pace than that of the security industry, even to the point of proof-of-concept adware code being developed for MacOS X. And with all this new malware comes a tremendous increase in SPAM over ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 28, 2006
  • Backdoor Trojans, Rootkits and SPAM: Notes from the Microsoft Antimalware Team

    The Microsoft AntiMalware team has recently published a paper discussing some of the data collected by their monthly AntiMalware tool. A summary of the article is available on the SANS website, and the full article is available from Microsoft at the following link: Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool: Progress Made, Trends ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 27, 2006
  • Apple Just Doesn't Get It...

    On Tuesday, Apple Computer company had an issue where a Windows-based virus was shipped on a select number of iPods, and rather than accepting blame for a mistake in their manufacturing or QA processes, they blamed Microsoft for not producing a ''more robust OS''. Huh? Not only is that an absurd deflection of blame, but as ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 19, 2006
  • Microsoft makes Vista concessions

    Otherwise known as Vista vs the EU and the World: Part Three... Here's a follow-up to my earlier Vista vs the World and Vista vs the Security Vendors posts, where I noted I greatly preferred a stronger, more secure base OS, even if that inhibited some functionality for third-party security tools. As seen in the following articles, Microsoft is ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 18, 2006
  • Vista vs the Security Vendors

    Otherwise known as Vista vs the Selfish Security Vendors: Part Two... Here's a follow-up to my earlier Vista vs the World post, where I noted I greatly preferred a stronger, more secure base OS, even if that inhibited some functionality for third-party security tools. This morning, I came across the following post by Larry Seltzer of eWeek where ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 6, 2006
  • Vista vs the World

    Or, perhaps I should say Microsoft vs Security providers in the Windows space? What I'm talking about eWeek's report that discloses McAfee's complaint that Microsoft has made it hard for them (and other security vendors) to integrate their products into Vista.  Presumably, this would be so that Microsoft can take advantage of the OS in ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 3, 2006
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