Fake Microsoft Security Alerts Crop Up

With Microsoft’s monthly patch release expected on Tuesday, scammers are sending out fake security bulletins that attempt to install malicious software on victim’s computers. The e-mail messages claim to describe a “Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer” that fixes a critical security flaw in the browser. It comes with a link entitled “Download this update.” … Read more

New Zero-Day Bugs in Internet Explorers and Firefox

A noted security researcher disclosed four new zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft and Mozilla’s browsers, including a critical flaw in Internet Explorer (IE) and a “major” bug in Firefox. Michael Zalewski, who regularly publishes browser flaw findings, posted details on the Full-disclosure mailing list for cookie-stealing, keystroke-snooping, malicious downloading and site-spoofing bugs. The most serious of … Read more

Vista is Marginally Secure Than XP

The strength of Windows Vista’s security model is easily the biggest question facing the nascent operating system. While sales will be strong simply on account of the way OEMs have adopted Vista on their midrange and high-end offerings, the place of Vista in the enterprise is not yet clear. Microsoft must demonstrate that its approach … Read more

QuickTime Bugs Beat Internet Explorer

Danish vulnerability tracker Secunia ApS has concluded that Apple Incorporated’s QuickTime is three times more likely to pose a threat than Microsoft Corporation’s Internet Explorer 6 and six times more likely to be a threat than Mozilla Corporation’s Firefox. According to an analysis of more than 350,000 system checks done over the last six months … Read more

USB drive gets a Worm

A new worm targeting removable drives, called the SillyFD-AA worm, searches for removable drives such as floppy disks and USB memory sticks and creates a hidden autorun.inf file which makes the worm execute the next time the device is connected to a computer running Windows. In addition, it changes the title of Internet Explorer windows … Read more

Vista’s Lacklustre ReadyBoost

Vista’s ReadyBoost seems to be lacking in the performance. The technology promises to let you speed up Windows by plugging an inexpensive USB flash drive into your PC. ReadyBoost may speed up Vista a tiny bit, it can also slow it down in some instances. The premise is this: Although writing data to and reading … Read more