Microsoft’s crusade against botnets raged on yesterday as the Redmond, Washington-based computer giant and a coalition of law enforcement agencies and Internet security companies disrupted the notorious ZeroAccess botnet.
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Microsoft’s advanced notification of its December 2013 Patch Tuesday security updates includes a patch for the TIFF zero day. Microsoft will release 11 bulletins, five of the critical.
Microsoft is taking a number of steps to try and reassure customers about the integrity of the company’s offerings and to greatly expand the use of encryption across its services.
Attackers are able to bypass the reflective cross-site scripting filter in Internet Explorer; the weakness is accepted by Microsoft as part of its design philosophy for the filter and will not be fixed.
VMware released patches yesterday to fix a vulnerability that could have led to a privilege escalation in older Windows systems running in virtual environments.
Microsoft issued an advisory warning of a local privilege escalation zero day in Windows XP being exploited in the wild. Experts, meanwhile, renew their calls to move off XP, which will no longer be supported as of April 2014.
Developers behind the Angler Exploit Kit have added a new exploit over the last week that leverages a vulnerability in Microsoft’s Silverlight framework.
Google has expanded the bounds of its Patch Rewards Program to include open source components of Android, Apache, Sendmail, OpenVPN and other services.
Microsoft and Google are cooperating in an effort to make it much more difficult for child predators to find illegal images online by blocking search results for about 100,000 search terms. The companies also are collaborating on methods to better identify illegal abuse images and remove them more quickly. Both Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit and[...]
The RC4 and SHA-1 algorithms have taken a lot of hits in recent years, with new attacks popping up on a regular basis. Many security experts and cryptographers have been recommending that vendors begin phasing the two out, and Microsoft on Tuesday said that is now recommending to developers that they deprecate RC4 and stop using the SHA-1 hash algorithm.