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News - November 22, 2004

by Donna Buenaventura / November 21, 2004 11:38 PM PST

Vendors aim to tamp down spyware

Ever-growing concern about spyware spreading like wildfire has vendors such as ConfigureSoft, LANDesk Software, McAfee and TippingPoint Technologies rushing in with an assortment of products aimed at putting out the conflagration.

Recent announcements include:

TippingPoint's spyware filters for its UnityOne (http://www.tippingpoint.com/products.html) intrusion-prevention system.

McAfee's Anti-Spyware Enterprise Edition Module (http://www.networkassociates.com/us/products/mcafee/smb/antivirus/vs_spyware_smb.htm), an add-on that works with its anti-virus software.

ConfigureSoft's spyware tool kit for its Enterprise Configuration Manager (http://www.configuresoft.com/product_ecm_overview.htm) product.

LANDesk's Security Suite (http://www.landesk.com/Products/Index.aspx) software that helps users track spyware infiltrations.

Customers testing some of these new anti-spyware products say they're helpful in controlling the blaze but not yet comprehensive enough to snuff out every dangerous spark.

More in http://www.nwfusion.com/news/2004/112204spy.html

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Google search cache spawns SSL fear
by Donna Buenaventura / November 21, 2004 11:41 PM PST

It's proving tougher than anticipated to protect SSL VPNs from the voracious caching machine housed inside Google Desktop Search.

The search tool, which is in beta, still manages to store and leave in the open certain SSL VPN data despite the best efforts of tools to curb the search engine's activity.

Customers are concerned that SSL VPN data might be cached and indexed by Google Desktop Search on a machine that is out of corporate control, such as an employee's home PC or one borrowed by an employee visiting a business associate. "It would be a horrible thing to think that there was a trail being left behind of what went on in what we regarded as secure SSL VPNs," says Jim Abshire, manager of operations and systems development at Herr Foods in Nottingham, Pa., which uses Netilla SSL VPN gear.

To address concerns, for instance, SSL VPN vendors that sell versions of Sygate's Virtual Desktop software touted it as a way to quarantine and encrypt SSL VPN sessions. But they discovered during tests with Network World last week that Google Desktop Search could still grab the content of Word documents and cache it in readable form.

Since then, Sygate says it has developed a fix for the bug that it plans to distribute tomorrow. It also has sought the help of Google to create a foolproof way for SSL VPN sessions to vanish from hard drives without a trace. Google says it is considering the request.

Complete article in http://www.nwfusion.com/news/2004/112204google.html

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Anti-Phishing released October 2004 report
by Donna Buenaventura / November 21, 2004 11:56 PM PST
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Firefox Excites Web Browser World
by Marianna Schmudlach / November 22, 2004 6:05 AM PST

Microsoft breaks its silence on plans for IE, while AOL breathes life into Netscape.

Joris Evers, IDG News Service
Monday, November 22, 2004
Firefox 1.0 appears to have sparked new activity in the Web browser market.

The release of the open-source Web browser by the Mozilla Foundation last week prompted Microsoft to break the silence about Internet Explorer. Meanwhile, America Online is breathing more life into the Netscape brand with a preview of a new Firefox-based browser scheduled to be unveiled on November 30.

Microsoft has no plans to release a new version of IE until the next version of Windows, code-named Longhorn, due out in 2006. Still, the Redmond, Washington-based company says it has the option to add features to IE by way of the browser's add-on technology, says Gary Schare, director of Windows product management at Microsoft.

More: http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,118689,tk,dn112204X,00.asp

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Bofra Worm Spreads by Banner Ads
by Marianna Schmudlach / November 22, 2004 6:07 AM PST

Attacks exploit IE flaw, and allow attacker to gain complete control of your PC.

Laura Rohde, IDG News Service
Monday, November 22, 2004
Web site visitors who clicked on banner ads on a number of popular European Web sites this weekend could have infected their computers with variants of the Bofra worm, experts warn.

The attacks take advantage of an unpatched buffer overflow flaw in the way Internet Explorer 6 handles the IFrame tag, and has been confirmed on PCs running Windows XP with Service Pack 1 and Windows 2000, according to a warning posted Sunday on the SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security) Institute Web site. Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) is not vulnerable, it said.

The vulnerability allows attackers to gain complete control of a user's computer.

More: http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,118687,tk,dn112204X,00.asp

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