Google made a significant addition to its security lineup Friday with its acquisition of online malware scanning service VirusTotal. Experts say the malware intelligence Google will have at its disposal would enhance not only existing products and services, but will backbone site safety rankings.
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Microsoft is promising a light load of security updates for next Tuesday’s monthly patch release in an attempt to give Windows administrators and security teams time to prepare for an October change to certificate key length requirements.
Details of a dangerous virtual machine escape exploit were revealed Wednesday by French research outfit VUPEN Security. The attack exploits a recently reported vulnerability in Xen hypervisors and allows an attacker within a guest virtual machine to escape to the host and execute code.
With the deluge of malware and advanced attacks continuing unabated, security approaches that sandbox applications or isolate processes are garnering increased attention. Researcher Joanna Rutkowska and Invisible Things Lab were the latest to go in that direction with the official release on Tuesday of the Qubes operating system.