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Advertising and risk
Posted in: Information Security
Regular and first time readers will note that there are very few ads served with S?nnet Beskerming content. The only advertising shown is a small image linking to one of our pre-configured products, tucked away halfway down the right column, or occasional text ads that are inserted into the primary....
Posted: 29 November 2007 20:54

Flipping bits at ASLR
Posted in: Information Security
Didier Stevens points out quite an interesting discovery about Windows Vista and ASLR. With just the right touch of bit flipping (only one needed), it is possible to enable or disable ASLR support for an application.

While this might provide a valuable stepping off point for attacking applicat....
Posted: 26 November 2007 00:01

QuickTime flaw Could be next Menace for Users
Posted in: Information Security
In the United States, the fourth Friday in November is commonly referred to as "Black Friday" and traditionally marks the start of the Christmas shopping season, coming the day after Thanksgiving and forming part of an informal four or five day weekend. Windows QuickTime users might be marking Blac....
Posted: 25 November 2007 22:46

We Know Security and Usability are Orthogonal - Do You?
Posted in: Information Security
Our recent article about the fine line between security and usability started some very interesting discussions and active criticism, most of which was targeted at us - suggesting that security and usability do not form a one-or-the-other type relationship (or are at least far more independent than ....
Posted: 20 November 2007 18:07

The fine line Between Security and Usability
Posted in: Information Security
Update : It seems that there is more than the normal amount of criticism being generated from the following article. If you find yourself in that position after reading it, why not read this followup, which explains many of the points that readers seem to be finding objectionable.

Finding the r....
Posted: 19 November 2007 23:08

A Major Week for Security Patches
Posted in: Information Security
Windows and OS X users have had a busy last week patching their systems, as both Microsoft and Apple released important security patches. Windows users found that there were only two patches to apply to their systems, and for home users they might have found that there were no applicable patches fo....
Posted: 18 November 2007 23:18

Microsoft Security Patch Advance Notification - November 2007
Posted in: Information Security
Following on from a patch released earlier this week for Windows XP and 2003 systems (Macrovision privilege escalation), Microsoft have provided advance notice of the patches that will be released next Tuesday with the November Security patch release.

This month only two patches will be released,....
Posted: 9 November 2007 12:41

Noted Italian Security Expert Arrested in Ongoing Spy Scandal
Posted in: Information Security
Some fairly surprising news recently came to light when it was reported that Domina Security, Zone-h and WabiSabiLabi cofounder, Roberto Preatoni, was arrested and charged in connection with claims of spying at Telecom Italia.

It was Roberto's work with a penetration testing team, a 'Tiger Team....
Posted: 8 November 2007 11:13

Alibaba Lands Stunning IPO
Posted in: Information Security
China's continuing economic growth is showing no signs of stopping, with the second largest Internet-related stock issue of the last few years taking place over the last couple of weeks. Chinese Internet powerhouse, Alibaba, raised more than $1.5 billion USD in its initial offering, with a closing ....
Posted: 8 November 2007 10:24

AntiSocial Responses to OpenSocial
Posted in: Information Security
Google's OpenSocial initiative, the wrapper that is designed to provide a single point of data entry and management for multiple social networking sites (MySpace, Orkut, Salesforce, LinkedIn, Ning, Hi5, Plaxo, Friendster, Viadeo and Oracle), has come under attack from several different directions wi....
Posted: 6 November 2007 18:47

What Value is There in Google's PageRank Algorithm?
Posted in: Information Security
Towards the end of October a number of high traffic internet sites, including the Washington Post, Forbes, Engadget, Joystiq, and Techcrunch, found that their Google PageRank had dropped significantly, seemingly without warning. After the initial shock of having their PageRank reduced, a number of ....
Posted: 5 November 2007 11:36

(Not the) First OS X Malware Spreading in the Wild
Posted in: Information Security
In the words of many Windows antimalware developers, OS X users can feel a little less smug about their security after a new piece of OS X malware was discovered circulating on various fake codec sites. As would be expected, this news is beginning to receive fairly widespread coverage across the In....
Posted: 1 November 2007 19:58

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