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Researcher Who Found Nvidia Bug Confirms Security Update Clears Up Driver Zero Day

Nvidia has released a new driver for its graphics cards that includes a security update for a zero-day vulnerability in the Nvidia Display Driver Service that came to light on Christmas day. UK researcher Peter Winter-Smith posted vulnerability details and an exploit to Pastebin describing a stack buffer overflow vulnerability in the service, as well as his exploit, which bypassed DEP and ASLR on Windows machines.

Researchers Bypass Microsoft Fix It for IE Zero Day

Expect amped up pressure aimed in Microsoft’s direction for a patch for the Internet Explorer zero day that surfaced last week, now that researchers at Exodus Intelligence reported today they have developed a bypass for the Fix It that Microsoft released as a temporary mitigation.


Late last week the social networking giant Facebook patched a particularly voyeuristic security vulnerability in the platform that could have given malefactors the ability to remotely turn on the webcams of other users and post videos to their profiles, according to a Bloomberg News report.

In an alert issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Deputy Comptroller for Operational Risk Carolyn G. DuChene warned financial and other critical institutions about the wave of ongoing distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks targeting their networks. DuChene is urging the banks in particular to share data about the attacks with one another and reiterated the OCC’s expectation that banks have risk management plans designed to mitigate such attacks in place ahead of time.

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