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NEWS - September 28, 2007

by Donna Buenaventura / September 27, 2007 11:33 PM PDT

Microsoft Investigates Blocked Patch Updates in XP

Microsoft officials say they are investigating reports that files the company deployed this summer prevent Windows XP users who run a built-in "repair" function from installing as many as 80 of the company's latest security patches.

"We are aware of reports about customers not being able to download some updates from Windows Update when using the latest version of the Windows Update client and after reinstalling Windows XP system files from CD," a Microsoft spokesperson said Sept. 27. "We take this issue very seriously and are investigating the root cause of this behavior and what options are available to address it."

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EBay: Phishing likely to blame for members' data theft
by Donna Buenaventura / September 27, 2007 11:35 PM PDT
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AOL Working On Patch For Instant Messenger Vulnerability
by Donna Buenaventura / September 28, 2007 12:00 AM PDT

America Online is working on a patch for what security researchers are calling a "major vulnerability" in the company's highly popular Instant Messenger application.

Researchers at Core Security Technologies Wednesday disclosed a bug that they say could severely impact the millions of registered users of AOL's instant-messaging service, AIM. The flaw, according to Core Security, would enable a series of attacks -- enabling a remote hacker to execute malicious code, exploit Internet Explorer bugs, and inject scripting code in the IE browser.


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NSA writes more potent malware than hacker
by Donna Buenaventura / September 28, 2007 12:01 AM PDT

A project aimed at developing defences against malware that attacks unpatched vulnerabilities involved tests on samples developed by the NSA.

The ultra-secretive US spy agency supplied network testing firm Iometrix with eight worms as part of its plans to develop what it describes as the industry's first Zero-day Attack Test Platform.

Richard Dagnell, VP of sales and marketing at Iometrix, said the six month project also featured tests involving two worm samples developed by a convicted hacker. The potency of the malware supplied by the NSA far exceeded that created by the hacker.


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The work-around by MS has been published today
by Donna Buenaventura / September 28, 2007 12:05 AM PDT
Updates are not installed successfully from Windows Update, from Microsoft Update, or by using Automatic Updates after you repair a Windows XP installation

The work-around is finally up in their website - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943144
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Apple Shuts Down Hacked iPhones
by Donna Buenaventura / September 28, 2007 2:03 AM PDT

Apple issued a software update on Thursday that puts iPhone hackers in their place. The update renders the devices inoperable.

The drama began in August, when hackers found a way to unlock the iPhone and connect to a cellular service other than AT&T, which has an exclusive five-year deal as Apple's carrier of choice. Indeed, hackers came out of the woodwork to crack the new handset.


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Five of the Dirtiest Malware Tricks
by Donna Buenaventura / September 28, 2007 2:09 AM PDT

If the crooks behind viruses, Trojan horses, and other malicious software were as stupid as they are scummy, we'd have a lot less to worry about. But as protective measures get better at stopping the obvious attacks, online creeps respond with underhanded moves to invade your PC. Here are five of their dirtiest tricks, all based on Trojan horses:

1. Don't mind me--I'm only here to break your PC
2. Locked and encrypted Web sites? No problem
3. Malware that scans your PC for malware
4. Equal-opportunity encryption
5. Hi, firewall. I'm Windows Update. Honest

Read the description of each at http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,137364/article.html via http://blogs.stopbadware.org/articles/2007/09/28/new-tricks-old-defenses entitled "New tricks, old defenses"

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