Malicious online ads expose millions to possible hack

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Since October, millions of internet users have been exposed to malicious code served from the pixels in tainted banner ads meant to install Trojans and spyware, according to security firm ESET. The attack campaign, called Stegano, has been spreading from malicious ads in a “number of reputable news websites,” ESET said ...

Mozilla and Tor release urgent update for Firefox 0-day under active attack

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Developers with both Mozilla and Tor have published browser updates that patch a critical Firefox vulnerability being actively exploited to deanonymize people using the privacy service. "The security flaw responsible for this urgent release is already actively exploited on Windows systems," a Tor official wrote in an advisory published Wednesday afternoon. ...

Major Linux security hole gapes open

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Sometimes Linux users can be smug about their system's security. And sometimes a major hole that's been hiding in Linux since about version 2.6 opens up and in you fall. The security hole this time is with how almost all Linux distributions implement Linux Unified Key Setup-on-disk-format (LUKS). LUKS is the ...

Moving Beyond EMET

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative was 7 years old in 2009 when we first released the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET). Despite substantial improvements in Windows OS security during that same period, it was clear that the way we shipped Windows at the time (3-4 years between major releases) was simply ...

Google warns of actively exploited Windows zero-day

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Google has disclosed to the public the existence of a Windows zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2016-7855) that is being actively exploited in the wild. According to Neel Mehta and Billy Leonard, of the Google Threat Analysis Group, it’s a local privilege escalation in the Windows kernel that can be used as a security ...