Security

Hack Windows Vista; Get Paid

Less than a month after Trend Micro discovered Vista flaws being sold off for $50,000 in the underground market by hackers, VeriSign’s iDefense Labs has placed an $8,000 bounty on remote code execution holes in Windows Vista and Internet Explorer 7. This is part of its three-year old Vulnerability Contributor Program which compensates individuals who provide iDefense with advance notification of unpublished vulnerabilities and/or exploit code. 3Com’s Zero Day Initiative is a similar program.

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Beware: Potential vulnerability in Adobe Reader

Secunia reports that Piotr Bania has found a vulnerability in Adobe Reader, which can potentially be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user’s system. The vulnerability is caused due to an unspecified error when processing PDF files. This can be exploited to cause a heap corruption and may allow execution of arbitrary code when a specially-crafted PDF file is opened.

Ten Fixes, but Word remains Unpatched!

I reported that Microsoft had planned to release Office Fixes today. It did release office fixes, but the zero-day bug in Word still remains unpatched. eWeek reports that four were pulled citing problems with the quality of the updates.

Beware: Your Mac is Spyware Prone

We have always known Windows to be spyware prone. However, one thing that was considered to be without spyware is the Mac. Well, until F-Secure received a proof-of-concept sample of an adware program for Mac OS X.

Beware: IE and Firefox can help steal your password!

Just when we were settling into the so called more secure versions of the two most popular browsers, Robert Chapin has stated that both Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2 are vulnerable to what he dubbed as a reverse cross-site request, or RCSR. An exploit for this flaw has already been seen on social-networking site MySpace.com when Netcraft discovered a fraudulent login page was hosted on MySpace servers.

IE 7 pop-up security flaw

Secunia Research has found yet another flaw in Internet Explorer 7. The problem is that a website can inject content into another site’s window if the target name of the window is known. This can e.