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Security Fix: December 31, 2006 - January 6, 2007

Microsoft's Achilles' Heel: Office

The cyber attack last month against a U.S.-based public utility came wrapped in a Microsoft PowerPoint document featuring holiday illustrations and heartwarming reflections. This PowerPoint file, which resembled an innocuous version that was being forwarded around the Web by many...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 5, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  
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Take Me to Your (Adobe) Reader

It seems like almost every week now we learn about a security threat that is linked to ill-conceived "features" built into widely used software applications. Most recently, it was a design flaw in the Apple QuickTime player that powered the...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 4, 2007; 8:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006

Security Fix spent the past several weeks compiling statistics on how long it took some of the major software vendors to issue patches for security flaws in their products. Since Windows is the most-used operating system in the world, it...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 4, 2007; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , New Patches , Piracy , Safety Tips  
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Not Your Average Phishing Scam

One of the first phishing scams to catch Security Fix's eye in the new year -- a counterfeit Amazon.com login page -- may set the tone for the sophistication of online schemes involving fake bank and e-commerce sites in 2007....

By Brian Krebs  |  January 3, 2007; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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QuickTime Flaw Kicks Off Month of Apple Bugs

A previously undocumented flaw in Apple's QuickTime media player could be exploited remotely by attackers to install malicious software on computers running either the Windows or Mac OS X operating systems, according to the inaugural posting by the Month of...

By Brian Krebs  |  January 1, 2007; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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