Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Flashy Fiction - Monday Mischief #amwriting


Monday Mischief

"I don't remember downloading this app. I wonder what it does...
Here's mine:
"I don't remember downloading this app. I wonder what it does...", I said to myself.

I thought I was being smart by running it inside of sandboxie, but little did I know that was what the creator was counting on.

When I ran the app it promptly attacked the sandboxie application, and loaded a virus into my main system. 

The virus said, "See sandboxie is not as safe as you thought it was. And, thank you for the $1000 from your credit card."

Good thing, I wasn't connected to the internet. But, I did have to wipe the hard drive and reinstall my Windows ME.

Let that be a lesson to me, to check everything out thoroughly if I am not sure. Also, never to try something like this on my primary PC (XP, Vista and Windows 7 machines).

Flashy Fiction - Monday Mischief

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Microsoft fixes the latest vulnerability | Hewie's Views and Reviews

In the latest issue of my column, I wrote about a severe vulnerability in Windows. All Windows! The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if the icon of a specially crafted shortcut is displayed. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the local user. 

Their temporary fix would break much of your system. So, Microsoft rushed a patch and pushed it out Monday as a Windows update. It should fix the problem. It will require a reboot after installing, but I have not seen any reports of problems with people performing the update.

Microsoft states that this only fixes WindowsXP Service Pack 3 and above. They warn, "It should be a priority for customers who have older releases of the software to migrate to supported releases to prevent potential exposure to vulnerabilities. To determine the support lifecycle for your software release, see Select a Product for Lifecycle Information. For more information about service packs for these software releases, see Lifecycle Supported Service Packs."

Make sure that you run the Windows Updates regularly to protect yourself. However, as always, I highly suggest that you have current backups, as problems can arise whenever you fiddle with the Operating System or installing software. For more info see Microsoft's Security Bulletin on this item.

Important information for MSWindows users.

Thanks Hewie.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Manual Anti-Malware Updates 04AUG10

In my Steve's BPCA Blog post of 12MAY10: http://bpcablog.blogspot.com/2010/05/spybot-definitions-update-and-anti.html, I explained about my practice of checking for updates manually for anti-malware freeware I use.

This post is a follow up to notify those that use the same freeware that updates are available. I will post whenever I run my manual updates, and find that a new one is available.


Spybot S&D Updates 04AUG10

Spybot Search & Destroy 1.6.2 had the above Detection Rule updates 04AUG10.


SpywareBlaster 4.3 had a database update 25JUL10.


SpywareBlaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
Spybot Search & Destroy: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html