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NEWS - October 23, 2007

by Donna Buenaventura / October 23, 2007 12:56 AM PDT
Adobe Fixes Reader, Acrobat Vulnerabilities

Adobe is offering a software update to fix a security flaw in its Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader products -- the latter being free software that many people use to view PDF documents.

The update, which brings the latest versions of both Adobe Reader and Acrobat to versions 8.1.1, fixes a vulnerability that is only a threat to Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 users who have Internet Explorer 7 installed. Adobe says the flaw also exists in version 7.0.9 of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader, but that a fix for that version will be released in a separate update.

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Fight malware by upgrading to Vista, urges MS
by Donna Buenaventura / October 23, 2007 12:58 AM PDT

Microsoft is pushing improved malware defences as a reason to shift over to Vista.

Systems running Microsoft’s latest operating system recorded 60 per cent less malware infections than XP, according to figures obtained using Microsoft’s malicious software removal tool.

Ben Fathi, corporate vice president of development for Windows, claimed on Tuesday that Vista experienced fewer security vulnerabilities than either Mac OS X, Windows XP or Ubuntu Linux. Fathi made the statement during a keynote presentation at the RSA Europe security conference in London on Tuesday.


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Austria OKs terror snooping Trojan plan
by Donna Buenaventura / October 23, 2007 1:00 AM PDT

Austria has become one of the first countries to officially sanction the use of Trojan Horse malware as a tactic for monitoring the PCs of suspected terrorists and criminals.

The measures were reportedly discussed in an Austrian cabinet meeting last week and turned over to a group of legal and technical experts to thrash out the details of the scheme. Pending approval, Austrian law enforcement officers could begin using the tactic as early as next year.


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Online privacy? For young people, that's old-school
by Donna Buenaventura / October 23, 2007 1:03 AM PDT

To the Internet generation, reaching out and touching a few hundred of their closest friends — especially through social-networking sites MySpace and Facebook — is as natural as brushing their teeth.

"They're dealing with privacy differently than any of us over 35 ever have," says Steve Jones, communications professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago.


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PDF mailto exploit documents in the wild
by Donna Buenaventura / October 23, 2007 3:05 AM PDT

The vulnerability initially reported here http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=3406 and confirmed here (with workaround) http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=3477 and patched here http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=3531 now appears to have been spotted in the wild. The proof of concept code had been released, and a number of people have reported receiving the PDFs which exploit the vulnerability. Obviously please patch, apply the workarounds, and/or ensure you can detect and block the exploit. File names seen so far are "BILL.pdf" and "INVOICE.pdf".


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