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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Admits All Versions of Windows Are Vulnerable

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Admits All Versions of Windows Are Vulnerable
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 06:40:44 +0000
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Microsoft confirms low-risk zero-day in Windows kernel


17-year-old Microsoft flaw affects Windows 7


Microsoft investigating ZeroDay impacting Windows NT Kernel

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| On the heels of Microsoft announcing an out-
| of-cycle patch for the ZeroDay vulnerability 
| in Internet Explorer, researcher Travis 
| Ormandy has released details on another 
| ZeroDay that exists in the Windows NT Kernel 
| on every system version from Windows NT 3.1 
| to Windows 7. 


Microsoft investigates 17-year-old Windows flaw


Microsoft warns of flaw in 32-bit Windows kernel


Microsoft confirms 17-year-old Windows vulnerability


Microsoft: Identifies 17-Year-Old Bug in Windows â Itâs about time


Microsoft confirms 17-year-old Windows bug


Microsoft Warns About 17-Year-Old Windows Bug



Analysts: 2010 will see surges in Windows 7 malware and application exploits

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| Sweden-based computer security firm Lavasoft
| predicts that trends in the creation and
| deployment of malware will change in 2010,
| toward newer models of cyber crime.
| The release of Windows 7 will cause a large-
| scale shift in the production and distribution
| of malware, which overwhelmingly tends to
| target Microsoft products because of their
| widespread use. New versions of Windows require
| new versions of malware, to better target the
| incautious enterprise users that are the bread-
| and-butter victims of cyber criminals.


Is Microsoft Overhyping Security In Windows 7?

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| Microsoft has been aggressively marketing
| the security improvements in Windows 7, but
| some security experts believe this strategy
| could leave the software giant open to some
| unpleasant repercussions.


Microsoft patching zero-day Windows 7 SMB hole

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| Microsoft on Friday said it is working on a
| fix for a vulnerability in the Server
| Message Block file-sharing protocol in
| Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 Release 2
| that could be used to remotely crash a
| computer.


Microsoft acknowledges Windows 7 security threat


Microsoft confirms first Windows 7 zero-day bug

,----[ Quote ]
| The zero-day vulnerability was first
| reported by Canadian researcher Laurent
| Gaffie last Wednesday, when he revealed the
| bug and posted proof-of-concept attack code
| to the Full Disclosure security mailing list
| and his blog. According to Gaffie,
| exploiting the flaw crashes Windows 7 and
| Server 2008 R2 systems so thoroughly that
| the only recourse is to manually power off
| the computers.


Microsoft being a Onecare

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| For starters, it uses an ActiveX control -
| Internet Explorer required in other words -
| that's annoyingly hard to install. You get
| warnings galore from Windows 7's UAC and IE
| about popups and do you really really really
| want to install something that has the
| potential to roger your system well and
| truly?


Microsoft issues first Windows 7 patches

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| Microsoft's massive security update last
| week included patches for nine Windows 7
| vulnerabilities, far fewer than were issued
| for Windows Vista and Windows XP.


Windows 7 is 'insecure', warns F-Secure

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| The new operating system's Windows Explorer file manager still misleads users
| about the true extension of a file, said Patrik Runald, chief research
| advisor at Helsinki-based F-Secure.


Windows 7 Fail

,----[ Quote ]
| Windows 7 RC is out today.
| This is great news.
| Because surely by now they've fixed Windows Explorer.
| You see, in Windows NT, 2000, XP and Vista, Explorer used to Hide extensions
| for known file types. And virus writers used this "feature" to make people
| mistake executables for stuff such as document files.
| The trick was to rename VIRUS.EXE to VIRUS.TXT.EXE or VIRUS.JPG.EXE, and
| Windows would hide the .EXE part of the filename.


Microsoft patches first critical bug in Windows 7 beta

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| Microsoft Corp. patched the first critical vulnerability in Windows 7 Tuesday
| as it rolled out an update that fixes three flaws in the new operating
| system's kernel.


Experts: Windows 7 at risk from legacy flaw

,----[ Quote ]
| For example, malicious code writers could name a 'virus.exe' file
| as 'virus.txt.exe' or 'virus.jpg.exe', he said. Windows Explorer would then
| hide the .exe part of the filename, meaning that the user would only
| see 'virus.txt' or 'virus.jpg'. Additionally, virus writers would change the
| icon displayed with the file in Windows Explorer so it looked like the icon
| of a text file or an image. Users might then click on the disguised file.


Win7 can still be exploited by hackers

,----[ Quote ]
| "People typically look at the icon to know what the file is," Runald told
| ComputerWorldUK. "If it looks like a Word doc or a PDF file, there's an
| implicit trust in it, and users are more likely to click on those files, even
| if they are actually an executable."


Windows 7 â Itâs Vista All Over Again

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| âThere you go againâ. The Gipper said it in
| 1982, and Iâm saying it today â but about
| Windows 7, not Jimmy Carter.
| Because the more I play with Windows 7, the
| more I see the Vista debacle unfolding all
| over again. The commonly accepted wisdom is
| that Windows 7 is oh-so-much-better than
| Vista. Well, based on my own extensive
| testing, itâs not. Not at all.
| First a bit of history. Back in 2006 I was
| editor-in-chief of PC Magazine. Vista was
| coming out and we were pretty darn
| laudatory. Microsoft provided us with new
| hardware, we tested beta versions of Vista,
| and we loved it. Shortly after it shipped,
| alas, the Wow was less Now than Ow. Vista
| sucked upon release to the world for a wide
| range of reasons â not least because the
| networking and audio driver models were
| completely rebuilt in the six months prior
| to release. That led to driver problems,
| along with general instability. When I left
| PC Magazine in 2007, my parting column was
| a bit of an apology â weâd been too easy on
| what turned out to be one of Microsoftâs
| more uneven efforts.
| Itâs easy to get snowed. Microsoft provides
| its favored reviewers a steady stream of
| highlights, new versions, and new features
| â along with brand new hardware to run the
| new builds upon. A team of technical
| marketers inside the borg stand at the
| ready â helping the anointed work through,
| and around, any problems that develop
| during testing.
| [...]
| Weâve seen this story before. Vista was
| overhyped when it came out by everyone from
| PC Magazine to the Wall Street Journal. And
| now Windows 7 is getting the same treatment.


Overheard: Windows 7 is just Vista with new shade of lipstick


Is Windows 7 Just a Vista Service Pack?


Is Windows 7 just Vista in disguise?


Ballmer: Windows 7 is Vista, just 'a lot better'

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