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Apple Patches 43 Flaws in OS, QuickTime

Apple Computer on Thursday patched more than 40 vulnerabilities in its Mac OS X operating system, associated applications, and the Cupertino, Calif. company’s Mac and Windows versions of the QuickTime multimedia player. The Mac OS X upgrade, dubbed Security Update 2006-003, contains 31 fixes and ups the operating system to version 10.4.6. It was the [...]

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MS Researchers Tackle Automated Malware Classification

Researchers from Microsoft’s anti-malware engineering team are working on an automated way to sort through the thousands of malware families and variants attacking Windows computers. The company unveiled its plans at the EICAR (European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research) conference in Hamburg, Germany, proposing the use of distance measure and machine learning technologies to come [...]

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Microsoft to Provide Patches for Some Third-Party Apps

Microsoft confirmed Wednesday that it will continue to patch third-party products that impact Windows. Tuesday, Microsoft pushed out a patch to Windows XP, 98, and Millennium users for Flash Player, an Adobe-owned multimedia application that’s bundled with those operating systems. It was the first time that the Redmond, Wash. developer had issued an update for [...]

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Users Report Glitches With Microsoft’s Flash Patch

If, as an analyst suggested Tuesday, Microsoft plans to begin patching more than its own software, its first effort got off to a rocky start. By Wednesday, Windows users were complaining of glitches in updating Adobe’s Flash Player through the Windows Update service. Microsoft took the unusual step Tuesday of feeding an updated edition of [...]

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Vista Bad News for Anti-Spyware Market?

The extra security features in Microsoft’s upcoming Vista operating system could negatively affect smaller security firms, according to a new report. The report, from the Yankee Group, suggests that as Microsoft users get a welcome security boost when the new Vista operating system is finally available, aftermarkets for anti-spyware and desktop firewall applications will be [...]

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Security Watch: Flash! Microsoft Patches Adobe Software Along With Windows, Exchange

Microsoft had a small surprise in this week’s security patches, but it was no surprise to find two critical vulnerabilities. Learn what was different this month in the Security Alerts and Updates section. Everybody wants a better Internet, but look carefully before you install the program that promises it. Go to our adware alert in [...]

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Exchange Flaw Poses ‘Worm Risk’

Microsoft released three patches – two of which it deems critical – on Tuesday in the May edition of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle. Most seriously there’s a critical vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange which allows remote code execution (MS06-019). This security bug in Microsoft Exchange’s calendar function could lead to a worm, security tools [...]

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Doom for Anti-Spyware Software?

UPDATED: A Yankee Group report published today predicts imminent doom for anti-spyware makers with the release of Windows Vista. But don’t plan a funeral for WebRoot and Ad-Aware just yet. First, Microsoft has to sell the darned operating system. Microsoft (Quote, Chart)still has not spelled out the system requirements for Windows Vista, with less than [...]

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Security, the Microsoft Way

NEW YORK — Microsoft has every intention of working with networking giant Cisco on network access control protocols in its next version of Windows, the head of Microsoft’s security technology unit said at an event here Monday. “The notion of making sure these two technologies complement each other is a goal,” said Mike Nash, corporate [...]

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World Cup Virus Season Kicks Off

The FIFA World Cup 2006 tournament won’t get underway in Germany until early June, but computer virus writers are already attempting to cash in on the planet’s most popular sporting event with viruses aimed at deceiving eager soccer fans. Researchers at UK-based Sophos released notification of a new attack that infects Microsoft Excel files and [...]

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