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[News] [Rival] Huge Microsoft Security Mess: 300 Updates Released, Submarines at Risk

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Huge Microsoft Security Mess: 300 Updates Released, Submarines at Risk
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2008 01:18:44 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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IE8 and IE7 Mitigations Failed Against the MSHTML.DLL Critical Exploits

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| On December 17, 2008, Microsoft released in excess of 300 distinct updates 
| for all supported versions of Internet Explorer, packaged as MS08-078, in its 
| rush to patch a critical vulnerability in the systems, which was under attack 
| at least as early as December 9. Not only was the security flaw actively 
| exploited in the wild (allowing for remore code execution), but the majority 
| of mitigations built into the Windows operating system were useless to stop 
| attacks, according to Michael Howard, senior security program manager in the 
| Security Engineering group at Microsoft.       


Windows For Submarines: Please Tell Me This Is A Hoax

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| The British Royal Navy is actually boasting of rolling out a new "next 
| generation" installation of Windows 2000 and XP on their entire fleet of 11 
| nuclear submarines, and they're so pleased with it they want to do the same 
| to their battleships. I am not making this up-- they are boasting and they 
| are happy, and they are saying "next generation" with straight faces.    
| [...]
| I've seen reports that say they replaced a SPARC/Solaris infrastructure, 
| though I haven't been able to verify it. This has me so flummoxed I am at a 
| loss for words-- they're claiming a savings of 22 million pounds over the 
| next ten years. A savings from what? Is your fleet of nuclear submarines 
| really a good place to penny-pinch? I doubt they're saving any money anyway, 
| and I'll bet money that Microsoft did the TCO and ROI "studies".     


Smells like an advert. Who gets the kickbacks?


Royal Navy completes Windows for Submarines™ rollout

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| Initial reports as the programme developed suggested that the OS in question
| would be Windows 2000, but those who have worked on it have since informed
| the Reg that in fact it is mostly based on XP.


Tech industry group battles botnets

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| Several ISPs and Internet companies will meet in San Francisco early next
| year to adopt a common strategy for combating botnets, the remotely
| controlled networks that are used to carry out distributed denial-of-service
| attacks and massive spam campaigns.


US Army sets up special new task force to protect against cyber attacks

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| The US Army has set up a new task force for the protection against cyber
| attacks. The Defense Industrial Base Cyber Security Task Force (DIB CSTF)
| will combat the apparently widespread theft of controlled but unclassified
| information from computer systems. The group will have an annual budget of
| $1.2m. According to a report issued by the US Army last August, such
| incidents can "potentially undermine and even neutralise the technological
| advantage and combat effectiveness of the future force".


What is the speed of spam? 7.8 billion messages per hour!

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| Spam volumes have doubled, and the Srizbi botnet alone was seen to be capable
| of pumping out an astonishing 7.8 billion messages an hour. That is probably
| worth repeating: 7.8 BILLION spams every single hour!


Bots rule in cyberspace

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| USA TODAY REPORTS that on an average day, 40 per cent of the 800 million
| computers connected to the Internet are bots used to send out spam, viruses
| and to mine for sensitive personal data.


US Navy malware infection risked submarine prang

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| Richard F Sylvestre, from Massachusetts, installed malware on a
| computer network at the Italian HQ of the US 6th Fleet, America's
| standing taskforce in the Mediterranean.


Crash strike caution

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| If Microsoft's Windows operating system crashes and gives you the "blue
| screen of death", it's a pain in the proverbial, but it's hardly
| life-threatening. In 1998, however, a United States Navy destroyer, the
| USS Yorktown, was left stranded and vulnerable when its Windows
| NT-based control system failed.
| [...]
| In fact, such networking could be a security risk. Western nations are
| becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyber-attack from hostile nations,
| terrorist groups and criminal syndicates, and an increasing reliance in
| civilian technologies by intelligence and military agencies is having an
| adverse effect on national security.


Zombies infiltrate US military networks

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| Support Intelligence, the firm whose research on honeynets revealed that
| the networks of at least 28 Fortune 1000 companies contained
| malware-infected spam-spewing PCs, has found evidence of bots running
| behind military networks.

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