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UPDATE: A decade ago this week, Chairman Bill Gates kicked off the Trustworthy Computing Initiative at Microsoft with a company-wide memo. The echoes of that memo still resonate throughout the software industry today as other firms, from Apple to Adobe, and Oracle to Google have followed the path that Microsoft blazed over the past ten years.

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Categories: Vulnerabilities

Oracle on Tuesday unleashed its quarterly critical patch update, which included just two fixes for vulnerabilities in its Oracle Database Server, one of the lower totals seen from the company in recent years. There are a total of 78 patches for a wide variety of Oracle products available today, including Fusion, PeopleSoft and the Sun Product Suite.

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MIAMI BEACH–It’s the accepted wisdom these days that many of the traditional security defenses organizations depend on just aren’t effective at deterring attackers. But this glosses over the fact that the last few years have included some major advances in defensive technologies, including the widespread adoption of exploit mitigations such as ASLR and DEP and the use of sandboxes in many applications. However, as these advances have made their way into the mainstream, the folks on the offensive side of the game have not been sitting idly by, either, as was made abundantly clear during the talks at the Infiltrate conference here.

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Categories: Vulnerabilities

MIAMI BEACH–There has been a lot of discussion and research in the last decade on exploiting heap overflows in various platforms, especially Windows. But one researcher has found that there is a heap allocator in the Linux kernel that is, as he describes it, “beautifully exploitable.” Meet SLOB.

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The White House has launched a new initiative designed to help companies in the electric power industry measure the maturity of their security programs against a new maturity model. The program is being run in tandem with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Energy and is meant to help the utility companies find their weak spots and where they need to improve.

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Microsoft said in a post on the Technet Web site that it plans to release seven security bulletins on Tuesday, fixing eight security holes in a variety of products. Among them will be a fix for a new class of software vulnerability – the “Security Feature Bypass,” which could be used by attackers to make other exploits more potent, Microsoft said.

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