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[News] [Rival] Heaps of Web Sites Crack Windows

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AVG Notes Rise in Number of Malicious Web Sites

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| AVG is seeing between 200,000 to 300,000 new Web sites per day hosting code 
| that can in some cases result in a PC being infected with malware just by 
| visiting the site, said Roger Thompson, AVG's chief research officer.  



The wonders of Windows: worms, worms, worms

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| It would have been good to have some equivalent of Delilah on Windows to
| negate the role of this browser, but, sadly there is none. There are some
| third-party applications like XPlite , developed by Australian Shane Brooks,
| which do remove most of IE but then which browser do you use to update
| Windows? Only IE supports ActiveX.
| You can, of course, move from XP to Vista where the updates are done through
| the control panel but that would be the equivalent of offering a man a choice
| between arsenic and cyanide for breakfast.



With Vista breached, Linux unbeaten in hacking contest

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| The MacBook Air went first; a tiny Fujitsu laptop running Vista was hacked on
| the last day of the contest; but it was Linux, running on a Sony Vaio, that
| remained undefeated as conference organizers ended a three-way computer
| hacking challenge Friday at the CanSecWest conference.


Windows Update's Sneaky Updates

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| "The only altered files that have been reported to date are 18 small
| executables used by WU itself. Microsoft is patching these files silently,
| even if auto-updates have been disabled on a particular PC."  


Microsoft reacts to kernel hacks, defends Vista

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| Microsoft wasn't much help in figuring out exactly what was beefed up by the
| PatchGuard update; the accompanying information was extremely vague. The
| MSRC's release manager, Simon Conant, was just as tight-lipped in a posting
| to the center's blog. "The update adds additional checks to Kernel Patch
| Protection for increased reliability, performance, and security," Conant
| said.    


Skeletons in Microsoft’s Patch Day closet

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| This is the first time I’ve seen Microsoft prominently admit to silently
| fixing vulnerabilities in its bulletins — a controversial practice that
| effectively reduces the number of publicly documented bug fixes (for those
| keeping count) and affects patch management/deployment decisions.  


Beware of undisclosed Microsoft patches

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| Forget for a moment whether Microsoft is throwing off patch counts
| that Microsoft brass use to compare its security record with those
| of its competitors. What do you think of Redmond’s silent patching
| practice?


Microsoft : Arrogance leads to Vulnerability

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| Chatting with the Microsoft senior sales people, I was struck by
| their incredible arrogance. They know the company?s products are good,
| but they have no qualms whatsoever about charging top dollar as a
| result.
| It reminds us how Microsoft used to behave when it comes to their
| products' security records. IE5 and 6 were nothing short of being
| proper Swiss Cheese with loads of holes in them but hey, they had 95%
| of the browser market at that time and couldn't care less.

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