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ADWARE
Adware is a type of advertising display software that delivers advertising content potentially in a manner or context that may be unexpected and unwanted by users. Many adware applications also perform tracking functions, and therefore may also be categorized as tracking technologies. Some consumers may want to remove adware if they object to such tracking, do not wish to see the advertising caused by the program, or are frustrated by its effects on system performance


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Newly created families for November 2010


ADWARE
Adware is a type of advertising display software that delivers advertising content potentially in a manner or context that may be unexpected and unwanted by users. Many adware applications also perform tracking functions, and therefore may also be categorized as tracking technologies. Some consumers may want to remove adware if they object to such tracking, do not wish to see the advertising caused by the program, or are frustrated by its effects on system performance.


Firefox 3.6.13 and Thunderbird 3.1.7 have been released. The latest versions include fixes to improve performance, stability and security.


11 Firefox updates, 9 of which are rated critical are included in this fix. More information here.


All 3 of the Thunderbird updates fix critical vulnerabilities. More info here.


Microsoft have published a Security Bulletin Advance Notification for December 2010. 17 updates are planned for 14th December including two "critical" and 14 "important" severity updates.

The patches address remote code execution, elevation of privilege and denial of service vulnerabilities within Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Sharepoint and Microsoft Exchange.

Full details here.


ADWARE


Adware is a type of advertising display software that delivers advertising content potentially in a manner or context that may be unexpected and unwanted by users.
Many adware applications also perform tracking functions, and therefore may also be categorized as tracking technologies. Some consumers may want to remove adware if they object to such tracking, do not wish to see the advertising caused by the program, or are frustrated by its effects on system performance.



Adobe Reader X Released

by Andy on November 22nd, 2010 in Security Alert.

In response to the volume of malware exploiting Adobe products, Adobe Reader X was released last week with its much anticipated new security feature, Protected Mode.


Protected Mode is based on Microsoft’s "Practical Windows Sandboxing" technique which you can read about here.


What does Protected Mode do? It displays PDF files in a highly restricted and confined  environment. The restricted environment will help prevent a booby trapped PDF file from doing anything to your system.


Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Flash Player 10.1.85.3 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Solaris, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1.95.1 for Android. These vulnerabilities, including CVE-2010-3654 referenced in Security Advisory APSA10-05, could cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.


Full Adobe advisory info here.


Affected software includes:


Microsoft has released a security advisory concerning a vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer versions 6, 7 and 8. This vulnerability may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code. Full details here.


Visit Microsoft's page here to get full instructions. You can find the workarounds under the "Suggested Actions" twisty.


Marijuana and Mid-Terms

by Andy on November 2nd, 2010 in Security Alert.

Over Halloween we saw the usual glut of malicious sites hijacking spooky search engine results. Today looks to bring some more search engine result hijacking opportunities for the bad guys.


Adobe have published details of a critical vulnerability the following applications.


Adobe Flash Player 10.1.85.3 and earlier versions
Adobe Reader 9.4 and earlier 9.x versions
Adobe Acrobat 9.4 and earlier 9.x versions


The vulnerability could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.


Mozilla have published an update for their Firefox browser that fixes a critical security issue that could potentially allow remote code execution.


Users are strongly recommended to update to the latest version. To update manually, select 'Check for Updates' from the Help menu then clicking on "CHeck for Updates"


More information about the updates is available here.


Fast turnaround on the fix, Mozilla - well done.


From the Mozilla blog:


Issue:
Mozilla is aware of a critical vulnerability affecting Firefox 3.5 and Firefox 3.6 users. We have received reports from several security research firms that exploit code leveraging this vulnerability has been detected in the wild.