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 Wednesday, December 13 2017 @ 02:22 CET

Major security flaw in Windows

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SecurityMicrosoft today released security bulletin MS04-007 in which they warn about a major security hole in several Windows versions.

Anyone exploiting the hole can do anything on the machine, i.e. create accounts, delete or steal information, run programs and whatnot. A patch is available via Windows Update or from the aforementioned link.

In an article on SecurityFocus, Marc Moiffret of eEye Digital Security Inc. says "This is one of the most serious Microsoft vulnerabilities ever released". eEye discovered the security hole six months ago and kept quiet about it because of the nature of the flaw.

Time to patch. Again.

 
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Opera 7.22 security hole

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SecurityA security hole has been found in Opera 7.22 for Windows, Linux and FreeBSD (and perhaps others). The hole is related to buffer overflows and directory traversals (Windows only) when downloading zipped skinfiles.

Original advisory is here. This hole was discovered by Jouko Pynnönen of Danish security company Secunia.

 
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OpenSSH vulnerability

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SecurityA security hole in OpenSSH has been discovered. The FreeBSD Security Advisory details how to patch and what can go wrong. Short version: anyone on the net can make sshd on all FreeBSD versions crash.

Other systems running OpenSSH are also vulnerable. Please check the BugTraq list for more.

Update: a second revision of the advisory contains more fixes.

 
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Unpatched IE security holes

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SecurityInternet Explorer is - despite being installed on almost every PC in the world - not the safest browser around. A couple of security patches per month is standard fare for users of this strange piece of software.

However, there's quite a few security holes in Internet Explorer that aren't patched.

 
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It never stops

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SecurityAccording to a security bulletin issued by Microsoft today, another two holes in the RPC protocol have been found. These holes are similar to the one that allowed the MSBlast worm to wreak havoc on the net a month ago. There's a story on eWeek on the flaws.

The flaw affects NT, 2000, XP and Server 2003 and is rated "critical" by MS.

 
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Free ZoneAlarm gets patched

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SecurityRecently a security hole was found in ZoneAlarm, the free Windows firewall from ZoneLabs. It was originally not going to be patched by ZoneLabs, but they seem to have changed their minds.
 
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Bugbear.B virus on the loose

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SecurityThe Bugbear.B virus with a keylogging trojan component is spreading itself across the internet now. It propagates through email and open Windows network shares. Bugbear.B is classified as "High Risk" by all anti virus vendors.

More info on Norman's and Symantec's websites. Symantec also has a removal tool. A handy sort-of executive summary is in an article at eWeek.

 
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ISS claims defaced website was honeypot

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SecurityFrom BSDVault:
"The hacker group known as USG reportedly used a WebDAV exploit (for which a patch was already available) to deface the "X-Force Internet Watch" site with an anti- war political message.

ISS, however, stated that they were really running a honeypot in order to get info on new tools. Yeah, right; we'll see."

 
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...and Palyh too

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SecurityJust when the net quieted down again after the Fizzer adventures, Palyh appears from nowhere.

This is another worm spreading itself by use of email and local (Windows) networks. Apparently it is similar to the Sobig.A worm and is known as Sobig.B with Symantec. Symantec also has a removal tool.

 
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The Fizzer worm is on the loose

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SecurityAccording to antivirus vendors across the planet, there is a new worm crawling across the world's mailboxes and the KaZaA P2P network. It's called Fizzer and attempts to set up a backdoor on your Windows machine. The backdoor is then used to send messages to some IRC channel.

Everybody, with feeling: "DDoS!"

 
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