Sunday, November 12, 2006

MS Security Bulletin Advance Notification for November

Microsoft have released an advance notification for the updates that are due to be released next Tuesday.

Don't forget to prepare for the updates as I've outlined in an earlier entry - How To Prepare for Patch Tuesday.

On 14 November 2006 Microsoft is planning to release:

Security Updates

  • One Microsoft Security Bulletin affecting Microsoft XML Core Services. The highest Maximum Severity rating for this is Critical. These updates will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer. These updates will require a restart.
  • Five Microsoft Security Bulletins affecting Microsoft Windows. The highest Maximum Severity rating for these is Critical. These updates will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer and the Enterprise Scan Tool. Some of these updates will require a restart.
Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool
  • Microsoft will release an updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services and the Download Center.
    Note that this tool will NOT be distributed using Software Update Services (SUS).
Non-security High Priority updates on MU, WU, WSUS and SUS
  • Microsoft will release No NON-SECURITY High-Priority Updates for Windows on Windows Update (WU) and Software Update Services (SUS).
  • Microsoft will release two NON-SECURITY High-Priority Updates on Microsoft Update (MU) and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification

Microsoft will also be hosting a webcast on Wednesday November 15th 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada), for attendees to ask questions about the bulletins and get answers from the security experts.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Security vendor hit by spite attack: Gromozon vs. Marco Giuliani

There's a spyware called the Gromozon rootkit. The people who make this spyware are trying to trick people into thinking that Prevx made the spyware. Prevx actually makes the only tool that can remove the rootkit.

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Interview with Merijn Bellekom

TeMerc of TIC's and has just brought to my attention, this article at Suite 101

In it, Merijn Bellekom, the maker of Hijackthis, tells us how his program came into being and what is coming up with regards to Vista. In fact, Merijn could do with your help

As it turns out, Merijn needs our help. He needs people who are beta testing Vista RC1 to let him know what kind of errors you are receiving when running HJT. To that end, he asks that you email the errors you get along with the system configuration you are running to

Check out the full interview at Suite101

Saturday, November 04, 2006

YOU'RE BEING TRACKED in Firefox 2.0 - how to disable 3rd party cookies

Issue was raised in latest Security Now. Firefox always blocked 3rd party cookies, now in 2.0 it removed the option. To fix: about:config in your address bar, change network.cookie.cookieBehavior from 0 to 1. I did this immediately. Also in the mozilla forum thread, link to extension that blocks 3rd party cookies.

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