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Annual Kaspersky Labs Fearmongering (2008 Edition)!

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| Obviously not. The fact is, the anti-malware industry is driven by user 
| ignorance of technology. To make money, their key motivator is fear. => The 
| general gist is: "If you don't buy our protection, you won't be safe!"  
| 
| What they tend not to realise is this: Due to the higher learning curve in 
| Linux, people aren't as gullible to this nonsense. Its because we have gained 
| knowledge from that technology. We know how to use it.  
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http://www.tuxmachines.org/node/31546


Earlier:

Microsoft rushes out emergency Windows update

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| Microsoft is about to issue an emergency security update to plug a
| vulnerability which could allow an internet worm to be spread via a computer
| without the user doing anything.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/23/windows_emergency_update/


Related:

Microsoft says 'Merry Christmas' with seven security fixes

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| The critical issues relate to all currently supported versions of Windows, 
| including Vista, and to DirectX, Internet Explorer and the Windows Media 
| Format Runtime.  
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http://www.itwire.com/content/view/15687/1054/


Software maker releases the hounds on security vuln reporter

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| Legal attack dogs for enterprise search provider Autonomy have threatened 
| action against Secunia after the vulnerability publisher asked for 
| information relating to a serious bug in an Autonomy product.  
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http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2007/12/06/autonomy_secunia_dust_up/


Security hole in MS-Windows Vista on Thanksgiving

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| Microsoft, although late, but did acknowledge that it is a flaw even in the 
| latest OS (Vista) which should have been fixed long back. 
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http://technology.millionface.com/2007/11/27/security-hole-in-ms-windows-vista-on-thanksgiving/
http://tinyurl.com/32uq44


Thirty-Six Updates Later—and Counting

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| Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I refreshed one of my Windows Vista test 
| machines. Oh my, there were so many Windows Updates. 
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http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/vista/thirty-six_updates_laterand_counting.html?kc=MWRSS02129TX1K0000535
http://tinyurl.com/355uqw


Vista security threats to rise in 2008: McAfee

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| Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system will face increasing security 
| threats, according to McAfee Avert Labs predictions for top 10 security 
| threats in 2008.  
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http://www.business-standard.com/common/storypage.php?autono=304706&leftnm=8&subLeft=0&chkFlg=


Microsoft issues 6 'critical' patches

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| The updates affect many versions of Windows, Server and Office software -- 
| including Windows XP and Windows Vista -- and are meant to prevent hackers 
| from breaking into Web surfers' computers using specially crafted Web pages.  
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070814/ap_on_hi_te/microsoft_security


Buffer the Overflow Slayer v. the ActiveX Files

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| The vulnerability was discovered by Krystian Kloskowski and is rated "highly 
| critical" in this posting on Secunia. It's also discussed here on the US-Cert 
| website. Proof-of-concept code can be found on MilW0rm here.  
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08/14/sdk_spreads_vuln_love/


Microsoft plans six critical patches

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| At least one of the critical vulnerabilities involves Internet Explorer 7 and 
| Windows Vista, both of which were conceived under new and highly vaunted 
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| development rigors designed to produce more secure products.  
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08/09/microsoft_august_patch_tuesday/


Patch Tuesday: Critical IE, Vista patches on deck

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| Of the four criticals, two will include high-severity patches for 
| Windows Vista. The bulletin rated ?moderate? only affects Vista.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=273


June Patch Tuesday to deliver Vista fixes and more

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| Four of this month's bulletins are labelled 'critical' and 
| relate to vulnerabilities that may allow remote code execution.
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http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/12751/


Microsoft Plugs Critical Vista Hole

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| Microsoft has just patched another critical hole in Vista that it
| knew about as long ago as last Christmas. The delay was similar
| to its lag in patching the serious (and heavily targeted)
| animated-cursor flaw I told you about last month.
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,132082/article.html


Microsoft Patches Not One, But Three Vista Holes

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| Microsoft today released an update for the recently popular 'animated
| cursor' vulnerability. The update was originally scheduled for April
| 10th, but due to recent exploits, was rushed out today. The update
| wasn't just for this one vulnerability though, in Vista, it addressed two 
| others, and in all covered seven vulnerabilities in Vista, XP and
| 2000.
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http://itsvista.com/2007/04/microsoft-patches-not-one-but-three-vista-holes/


Windows Vista's Built-in Rootkit

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| This poor implementation of the permissions structure can be exploited
| by malware to make files that are undetectable to Anti-Virus products.
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http://www.jmcardle.com/blog/?p=361


More Windows cursor patch trouble

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| A new issue with the fix has also come up. Some customers have
| experienced trouble when printing from SQL Reporting Services to
| a Printer Command Language (PCL) printer, Microsoft said.
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http://news.com.com/8301-10784_3-9710649-7.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
http://tinyurl.com/3xrm4k


Windows cursor patch causing trouble

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| Installing Microsoft's Tuesday patch for a "critical" Windows
| vulnerability is causing trouble for some users.
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http://news.com.com/Windows+cursor+patch+causing+trouble/2100-1002_3-6173413.html


MS Patch Tuesday: Vista dinged again

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| For the second time this month, Microsoft has shipped a security
| bulletin with patches for a "critical" Vista vulnerability that
| puts millions of users at risk of code execution attacks.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=161


Security Researchers Say Windows .ANI Problem Surfaced Two Years Ago

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| Security researchers say the Windows .ANI bug that has been plaguing
| users for the past week first surfaced -- and was patched --
| in early 2005.
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http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=198800828


Week in review: Cursing Windows' cursor flaw

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| The software giant broke with its monthly patch cycle to fix a bug
| that cybercrooks had been using since last week to attack Windows
| PCs, including those running Vista.
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http://news.com.com/2100-1083_3-6173895.html?part=rss&tag=2547-1_3-0-20&subj=news


ANI takers for Asus website virus?

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| Asus.com.tw, the website of Taiwanese motherboard maker Asustek,
| has been spraying visitors with the .ANI virus, security software
| makers confirmed today.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/04/06/asus_website_viruses/


Cursor hackers target WoW players

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| World of Warcraft players are being targeted by hackers exploiting
| flaws in how Windows handles animated cursors.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6526851.stm


Will Next Tuesday's 3 Updates Effect Vista?

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| I would suspect that one will be a patch for the Windows MessageBox
| exploit, so Vista should get it. Might another be for the Vista
| 'Timer/2099 Crack'? I wouldn't consider it critical, but
| Microsoft probably does. 
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http://itsvista.com/2007/01/will-next-tuesdays-3-updates-effect-vista/


Windows Vista now has its first exploit spotted in the public

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| Security experts have confirmed that a proof of concept code for an
| unpatched vulnerability in Windows Vista has been released on
| the internet.
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http://www.it-networks.org/?news=172


Windows Vista: It's More Secure, We Promise

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| Well, allow me to take a moment to remind everyone of something that
| you might not remember - XP was also touted as being ultra secure.
| Seriously, can anyone honestly look themselves in the mirror and say 
| this is the gospel truth? You have got to be kidding me. Similar to
| XP, Microsoft promises to have the most secure Windows version to date
| yet again.
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http://www.osweekly.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2357&Itemid=449


Old:

Cisco exec: Windows Vista is scary

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| "Parts of Vista scare me," Gleichauf said at the Gartner Security Summit
| here on Monday. "Anything with that level of systems complexity will have
| new threats, as well as bringing new solutions. It's always a struggle
| in security, trying to build for what you don't know."
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http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6116823.html


Symantec Finds Flaws In Vista's Network Stack

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| Researchers with Symantec's advanced threat team poked through
| Vista's new network stack in several recent builds of the
| still-under-construction operating system, and found several bugs
| -- some of which have been fixed, including a few in  Monday's
| release -- as well as broader evidence that the rewrite of the
| networking code could easily lead to problems.
|
| [...]
|
| Among Newsham's and Hoagland's conclusions: "The amount of new
| code present in Windows Vista provides many opportunities for
| new defects."
|
| "It's true that some of the things we found were 'low-hanging
| fruit,' and that some are getting fixed in later builds,"
| said Friedrichs. "But that begs the question of what else
| is in there?"
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http://www.techweb.com/wire/security/190700049;jsessionid=MWLALDT21M1
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