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Security Fix: January 8, 2006 - January 14, 2006

Windows Wireless Flaw a Danger to Laptops

At the ShmooCon gathering in Washington, D.C., today, old-school hacker and mischief maker Mark "Simple Nomad" Loveless released information on a staggeringly simple but very dangerous wireless security problem with a feature built into most laptop computers running any recent...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 14, 2006; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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More MS Patch Data

The data Security Fix released earlier this week showing Microsoft is taking roughly 50 percent more time to issue updates to correct "critical" security holes in Windows have generated an enormous response, most of it positive. Some folks even appear...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 13, 2006; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Conning the Con

Security Fix is getting ready to spend a few days camped out at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., the site of the second annual ShmooCon hacker conference, a gathering of nearly 500 hackers (and probably more than...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 13, 2006; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Apple Fixes Quicktime Security Holes

Apple has released an update to its Quicktime media player that fixes a slew of security problems with the program. The affected products are Apple QuickTime Player version 7.0.3 and prior (for Mac OS X and Windows). All told, the...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 12, 2006; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  New Patches  
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A Time to Patch

A few months back while researching a Microsoft patch from way back in 2003, I began to wonder whether anyone had ever conducted a longitudinal study of Redmond's patch process to see whether the company was indeed getting more nimble...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 11, 2006; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Symantec Fixes SystemWorks Vulnerability

Symantec Corp. has issued an update to its popular Norton SystemWorks software utility suite to remove a function that security researchers found could be exploited by malware to hide on a user's system. The discovery was made in part by...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 10, 2006; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Microsoft Issues 2 More Patches

Microsoft Corp. today released two free updates to fix security problems in its software. Both fixes earned a "critical" rating, the company's most dire. The first update fixes a security hole in the way Windows processes Web fonts, a problem...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 10, 2006; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Clam Antivirus Vulnerability

A "critical" security flaw has been found in Clam Antivirus (ClamAV) software that attackers or viruses could exploit to take control over computers running the software. The vulnerability has to do with the way ClamAV looks at executable programs modified...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 10, 2006; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MS Windows Image Problem, Round 2?

Just four days after Microsoft Corp. issued a patch to fix a critical flaw in the way Windows processes certain image files, security researchers say they may have uncovered at least two other similar vulnerabilities in the operating system. According...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 9, 2006; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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