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NEWS - November 22, 2005

by Donna Buenaventura / November 21, 2005 10:41 PM PST

IE7 & other browsers will highlight secure sites to users

The Microsoft Internet Explorer team blogged about their recent meeting with other browser vendors (Mozilla, Opera and Konqueror). They discussed on how their browsers will offer better website identification and validation certifications.

Check out the blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2005/11/21/495507.aspx to see some screenshots and more details.

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Attackers switching to applications, media players
by roddy32 / November 22, 2005 4:54 AM PST

Published on ZDNet News: November 22, 2005, 5:08 AM PT

Online criminals shifted their attacks in 2005 from operating systems such as Windows to media players and software programs, according to a study released Tuesday.

Among the software programs under attack are antivirus software, according to the SANS Institute, a nonprofit research group based in Bethesda, Md.

Attackers are changing their targets after Internet service providers and operating systems designers such as Microsoft started shoring up their systems following a barrage of worms, viruses and other online threats in recent years.

The group's report identifies the 20 most targeted software flaws that criminals use to infiltrate computers.

Top Windows vulnerabilities include Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser, Windows Office and Outlook Express. The report also listed Apple Computer's Macintosh operating system as a top vulnerability among Unix operating systems.

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Sober worm offshoot trades on Paris Hilton, FBI
by roddy32 / November 22, 2005 6:08 AM PST

By John Borland
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: November 22, 2005, 12:37 PM PST

There is no Easter Bunny, and that's not a real Paris Hilton video in your e-mail box. Nor is the FBI likely to be e-mailing you to ask you questions about visiting illegal Web sites.

A new variant of the Sober worm made the network rounds Tuesday, attempting to entice people into clicking on attachments purporting to be threats from the law enforcement agency or videos clips of the hotel heiress and her reality TV co-star Nicole Richie.

Antivirus companies said the worm gained some traction over the weekend and on Monday. It's a minor modification of the "Sober" virus that has flared up several times over the past year. But this latest variant, graded as a medium-level threat, appeared to be trailing off as security providers have responded.

"This one is virulent and will reproduce itself easily but does not have much of a payload," said David Perry, the global director of education at antivirus company Trend Micro. "For the time being, this particular strain is probably done."

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Opera issues security patch
by roddy32 / November 22, 2005 6:40 AM PST

By Dawn Kawamoto, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: November 22, 2005, 2:09 PM PT

Opera Software issued a security patch on Tuesday to protect users against flaws in Macromedia's Flash Player and in some versions of its open-source browser running on Linux or Unix.

The update, Opera 8.51, addresses flaws that could allow a malicious attacker to remotely take control of a user's system, according to an advisory issued by Opera.

One such vulnerability was found in versions of Opera 7 and Opera 8 running on Linux, FreeBSD or Solaris software. The flaw could allow an attacker to remotely execute arbitrary shell commands on a user's computer by tricking him or her into clicking on a link to malicious Web site, according to a security advisory from Secunia. A command shell lets users enter text-based commands.

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