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Apple Releases iPhone OS 2.2 and iPhone OS for iPod touch 2.2

November 24th, 2008 . by DarkFiber Consulting

Apple has released OS 2.2 for the iPhone and iPod touch to address multiple vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities affect CoreGraphics, ImageIO, Networking, Office Viewer, Password Lock, Safari, and Webkit. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code, place arbitrary calls, cause a denial-of-service condition, spoof user interface,  and obtain sensitive information.

DarkFiber Consulting encourages users to review Apple Article HT3318 and apply any necessary updates.

Symantec Releases Security Advisory for Backup Exec

November 21st, 2008 . by DarkFiber Consulting

Symantec has released a security advisory to address multiple vulnerabilities for Symantec Backup Exec. These vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to gain access to or modify information, cause a denial of service, or potentially execute arbitrary code.

DarkFiber Consulting encourages users and administrators to review Symantec Security Advisory SYM08-021 and apply any necessary updates to help mitigate the risks.

Malicious Code Spreading Through USB Flash Drive Devices

November 20th, 2008 . by DarkFiber Consulting

DarkFiber Consulting is aware of public reports of an increase in malicious code propagating via USB flash drive devices. Currently, there are two popular methods by which USB flash drives are being infected with malicious code. Please note that these are not the only two methods available.

The first of these methods is referred to as simple file copy. This means that the malicious code initially resides on an infected computer and copies itself to all the storage devices connected to the affected computer. This method requires the user to access the USB flash drive and execute the malicious code.

The second method is referred to as AutoRun.inf modification. This means that the malicious code alters or creates an autorun.inf file on targeted storage devices connected to the affected computer. When an infected USB flash drive is connected to another computer, the malicious code can be automatically executed with no additional user interaction.

DarkFiber Consulting encourages users to do the following to help mitigate the risks:

  • Install antivirus software and keep the virus signatures up to date.
  • Do not connect an unknown or untrusted USB drive to your computer.
  • Disable AutoRun or AutoPlay features for removable media.
  • Review the Using Caution with USB Drives Cyber Security Tip for more information on protecting your USB flash drive.
  • Review The Dangers of Windows AutoRun Vulnerability Analysis Blog entry for more information regarding AutoRun.

Adobe Releases Update for AIR

November 18th, 2008 . by DarkFiber Consulting

Adobe has released a security bulletin to address a vulnerability in Adobe AIR. This vulnerability can be triggered if an Adobe AIR application loads data from an untrusted source. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to execute JavaScript code with elevated privileges.

DarkFiber Consulting encourages users to review Adobe Security Bulletin APSB08-23 and upgrade to Adobe AIR 1.5 to help mitigate the risks.

Apple Releases Security Updates for Safari

November 14th, 2008 . by DarkFiber Consulting

Apple has released Safari 3.2 to address multiple vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code, cause a denial-of-service condition, or obtain sensitive information.

DarkFiber Consulting encourages users to review Apple Article HT3298 and apply any necessary updates.

Mozilla Releases Updates to Address Vulnerabilities in Multiple Products

November 13th, 2008 . by DarkFiber Consulting

Mozilla has released Firefox 2.0.0.18, Firefox 3.0.4, and SeaMonkey 1.1.13 to address multiple vulnerabilities. The impacts of these vulnerabilities include arbitrary code execution, privilege escalation, security bypass, cross-site scripting, denial of service, and information disclosure. As described in the Mozilla Foundation security advisories, some of these vulnerabilities may also affect Thunderbird.

DarkFiber Consulting encourages users to review the Mozilla Foundation security advisories and apply any necessary updates to help mitigate the risks.

U.S. Federal Reserve Fraudulent Email Scam

November 13th, 2008 . by DarkFiber Consulting

DarkFiber Consulting is aware of public reports of a fraudulent email scam circulating via messages that falsely appear to be from the U.S. Federal Reserve. These email messages contain information about a phishing scam and links for users to follow to obtain additional information about the scam. If a user follows the links, they will be redirected to a malicious website where a PDF exploit is used to install malicious code on the affected system.

DarkFiber Consulting encourages users to do the following to help mitigate the risks:

Apple Releases iLife Support 8.3.1

November 12th, 2008 . by DarkFiber Consulting

Apple has released iLife Support 8.3.1 to address multiple vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition.

DarkFiber Consulting encourages users to review Apple Article HT3276 and apply any necessary updates to help mitigate the risks.

Microsoft Releases November Security Bulletin

November 11th, 2008 . by DarkFiber Consulting

Microsoft has released updates to address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows as part of the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for November 2008. These vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

DarkFiber Consulting encourages users and administrators to review the bulletins and follow best-practice security policies to determine which updates should be applied.

VMware Releases Security Advisory VMSA-2008-0018 and Updates VMSA-2008-0016.1

November 10th, 2008 . by DarkFiber Consulting

VMware has released Security Advisory VMSA-2008-0018 and has updated Security Advisory VMSA-2008-0016.1 to address multiple vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to conduct directory traversal attacks, operate with escalated privileges, or obtain sensitive information.

DarkFiber Consulting encourages users and administrators to review VMware Security Advisories VMSA-2008-0018 and VMSA-2008-0016.1 and apply any necessary updates to help mitigate the risks.

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