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Security Fix: July 30, 2006 - August 5, 2006

DefCon Delays Can't Stop the Madness

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 4 -- DefCon, the nation's largest annual hacker conference, is well underway here at the Riveria Hotel and Casino, and as usual there is just far too much to see and do to really take it all...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 5, 2006; 5:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Google to Warn of 'Badware' Sites

Google said today that it has started warning Web surfers when they click on search results that may lead to sites that try to install spyware or adware on their computers. If you do a Google search for "Asta-Killer," for...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 4, 2006; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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At Least 12 Patches from Microsoft Next Week

Microsoft said today that it plans to issue at least 12 security updates to fix vulnerabilities in its Windows and Office products. Redmond says 10 of the updates will address flaws -- some of them "critical" -- in Windows. No...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 3, 2006; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  New Patches  
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Javascript Attacks on Steroids

LAS VEGAS -- Just sat through a rather disturbing presentation here at Black Hat on how bad guys can use Javascript to circumvent hardware and software firewalls and wreak havoc on a target's internal network. Jeremiah Grossman and T.C. Niedzialkowski,...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 3, 2006; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Intel Issues Patches to Fix Wireless Flaws

Intel has released updates to fix at least seven separate security flaws in the low-level software that powers its Centrino wireless devices. The flaws reside in Intel's wireless "device drivers," and are present at such a fundamental level of the...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 3, 2006; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Follow-up to the Macbook Post

I'd like to respond to the people who commented on yesterday's post about the video's depiction of the use of a third-party wireless card on the Macbook. I spent more than an hour with Dave Maynor watching this exploit in...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  August 3, 2006; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Hijacking a Macbook in 60 Seconds or Less

UPDATE, 6:45 p.m. ET: Watch the video of the Ellch/Maynor presentation on a new method they discovered for remotely circumventing the security of an Apple Macbook computer to seize total control over the machine. For background and details, see...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 2, 2006; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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'Spamford' Spins Disks at Black Hat

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 2 -- One of the most notorious and successful spammers of all time -- Sanford Wallace (a.k.a. "Spamford") -- is set to DJ at the OPM club here at Caesar's Palace Hotel where Black Hat 2006 is...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 2, 2006; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Talking With the Dark Tangent

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 1 -- Security Fix recently caught up with Jeff Moss -- a.ka. "Dark Tangent" -- the founder of Defcon and Black Hat, the two enormous hacker conventions that take place in Las Vegas each summer. Jeff Moss...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  August 1, 2006; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Apple Issues Bundle of Security Updates

Apple today released a bundle of software updates to fix more than two-dozen security weaknesses in computers powered by its Mac OS X operating system. Apple issued updates to address 26 distinct security issues, by my count anyway. The patches...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 1, 2006; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Black Hat and Defcon 2006: Security Fix Heads to Vegas

Security Fix is headed to Las Vegas for the better part of the next week to cover two back-to-back hacker conferences. The first is Black Hat USA 2006, which runs Wednesday and Thursday and caters to security professionals and...

By Brian Krebs  |  August 1, 2006; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Faulty Update Stymies Norton Users

A Security Fix reader wrote in on Sunday to complain that his copy of Norton Anti-Virus 2006 had gone haywire, and a little digging turned up a number of similar complaints from other Norton users. Dan from Bethesda wrote in...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 30, 2006; 11:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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