Many of the most widely used third-party software applications for Microsoft Windows do not take advantage of two major lines of defense built into the operating system that can help block attacks from hackers and viruses, according to research released today. Read the full article. [KrebsonSecurity]

From Computerworld (Gregg Keizer)
Adobe delivers an out-of-date version of Reader to users who download the popular application from its Web site, a security company warned today.
The edition Adobe currently offers includes at least 14 security vulnerabilities that have been patched by the company in the last two months.  Read the full story []  See original warning []

Exploit code for a “highly critical” vulnerability in Mozilla Firefox has been released on the Internet, putting millions of Web surfers at risk of remote code execution attacks.
The vulnerability is currently unpatched, according to an advisory from Secunia.

From DarkReading (Kelly Jackson Higgins)
Danish security firm Secunia is attempting to rally other software vendors to develop an industry-standard tool that automatically updates all applications on a consumer’s PC.
Secunia envisions an industry-standard app that runs when a laptop starts up, for example, scanning for unpatched or vulnerable apps and guiding the user with simple point-and-click options to update the machine. Read the full story []

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