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[News] [Rival] Windows Vista Under Attack by Microsoft's ActiveX

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ActiveX bugs pose threat to Vista, Microsoft reports

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| Although computers running Windows Vista are significantly less likely to be 
| infected with attack code than machines running Windows XP, the newer 
| operating system continues to be threatened by Microsoft Corp.'s own ActiveX 
| browser plug-in technology, according to a report issued Monday by the 
| company.    



Microsoft probing ActiveX attacks targeting Access feature

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| The vulnerability only affects the ActiveX control for the Snapshot Viewer
| for Microsoft Office Access 2000, 2002 and 2003.


Report: ActiveX, QuickTime are buggiest browser plug-ins

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| Microsoft's technology, primarily used to create add-ins for Internet
| Explorer, accounted for 79 per cent of the 239 plug-in bugs discovered
| between July and December 2007, Symantec said.  


New Attack Kit Targets Bag of ActiveX Bugs

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| Bugs in ActiveX, a Microsoft technology used most often to create add-ons for
| the company's Internet Explorer (IE) browser, have always been common, but so
| many serious flaws have been disclosed of late that some security experts
| have recommended users do without them.  


Be prepared: ActiveX attacks will persist

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| A recent string of high-profile ActiveX vulnerabilities caused the U.S.
| Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) to advise users to disable the
| ubiquitous Microsoft browser plug-in technology altogether.  


Will Microsoft Change How ActiveX Runs in IE 8?

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| Some security experts, like Will Dormann, a vulnerability analyst at the
| Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute CERT/CC, are calling for
| ActiveX to be disabled from running by default in IE 8.  
| Dormann is telling IE users that they should, from a security perspective,
| disable ActiveX controls from running by default. "It would be nice if this
| is something Microsoft did with the next version of the browser," he said.  



Rogue ActiveX controls menace users

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|  Flaws in ActiveX controls are being increasingly used to run security
|  exploits.
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| An attack exploiting this vulnerability can lead to arbitrary code execution
| by a remote attacker," a blog posting by Symantec researcher Parveen
| Vashishtha warns.  


RealPlayer Attack Circulating

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| The attack exploits a flaw in an ActiveX browser helper object, software that
| RealPlayer employs to help users who are experiencing technical difficulties,
| so the PC must be using the Internet Explorer browser to be affected by this
| particular attack, Symantec said.  


Yahoo! battered by second ActiveX vulnerability

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| The vulnerabilities affect versions of Yahoo! Messenger 8.x prior to version
|, released late last week. Users are urged to upgrade.


Way Too ActiveX

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| Today, over at Symantec's Security Response Weblog, Greg Ahmad
| reveals startling--and I do mean shocking--increases in ActiveX
| vulnerabilities. According to Symantec, ActiveX vulnerabilities
| stayed in the 12- to- 15-a-year range from 2002 to 2005. For
| 2006, the number of vulnerabilities "reached 50," with 42 in
| the second half of the year--coincidentally, the same time
| period Microsoft finished up and released Internet Explorer 7.


Acer puts Active X hole on laptops

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| Laptop outfit Acer seems to have placed an Active X control on its
| computers that seems to allow webpages to execute any program.
| This huge hole in network security has been installed on board Acer
| lap-tops since 1998.


Adobe Confirms 'Critical' Reader, Acrobat Exploits With IE

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| A critical security vulnerability in an ActiveX control used by
| Internet Explorer could allow malicious hackers to use Adobe's
| Reader and Acrobat software to launch PC hijack attacks,
| according to a warning from Adobe Systems.


Month of ActiveX bugs project begins with two Office flaws

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| A hacker known as shinnai kicked off his "Month of ActiveX Bugs"
| (MoAxB) project with a bang by exposing a number of severe
| vulnerabilities affecting OCX controls in Microsoft Office.

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