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Microsoft Patch Tuesday – March 2011

Posted March 8, 2011    Chris Silva

Before I get started today, I want to first point out that tomorrow’s Vulnerability Expert Forum (VEF) will be at a new time – 1PM PST. Sign up to hear what Marc Maiffret and the eEye Research team have to say about today’s security bulletins and other security related topics. For this Patch Tuesday, Microsoft…

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Does Compliance = Security?

Posted February 15, 2011    Peter McCalister

Since it’s hard to analyze the tradeoffs between security and productivity, IT organizations can fall back on gut feel, rules of thumb and past practices in making these decisions. The easiest answer is frequently to just follow the rules and regulations so you remain in compliance with industry regulations or current policies. As a result, compliance becomes a substitute for security. But are they really equal? Does being in compliance mean you have a secure IT environment?

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday – February 2011

Posted February 8, 2011    Chris Silva

Microsoft is back at it with a fairly large release today, including 12 security bulletins which patch a total of 22 vulnerabilities. Six of the bulletins address zero-day vulnerabilities (MS11-003, MS11-004, MS11-005, MS11-006, MS11-011, and MS11-013) including two (MS11-003, MS11-006) that have public exploit code circulating. MS11-013 (Kerberos) is most likely similar to vulnerabilities that…

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There is No Patch For Stupidity

Posted January 24, 2011    Peter McCalister

No, I’m not talking about a Boy or Girl Scout patch (or merit badge) now awarded for making dumb errors with information technology at work. I’m referring to the ever present vendor tech support cry of “just install the patch” whenever something goes wrong.

Tell Us Your Patch Tuesday Story!

Posted January 12, 2011    The eEye Research Team

Please use the “Leave a Reply” function below and tell us your Patch Tuesday story for a chance to win a new Amazon Kindle and $25 gift card. Deadline to be entered into the VEF contest is Friday 1/14 at noon PST. Please note that all email/contact info will be kept private from public view,…

Microsoft Patch Tuesday – January 2011

Posted January 11, 2011    Chris Silva

The ebb and flow of Microsoft Security Bulletins continued this month, with a nice slow release of only two bulletins to follow up the record set in December. Unfortunately, neither of these two bulletins patched any of the zero-day vulnerabilities that are currently affecting Microsoft products. Microsoft continued to patch DLL preloading vulnerabilities, this time…

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday – December 2010

Posted December 15, 2010    Chris Silva

To make up for a relaxing November, Microsoft unleashed 17 security bulletins today. That puts their 2010 total at 106 bulletins (unless they release an emergency out of band patch before the end of the year). This is a record for Microsoft – their previous high was 100 bulletins way back in 2000. It is…

Microsoft Patch Tuesday – November 2010

Posted November 10, 2010    Chris Silva

Finally a reprieve from the barrage of Microsoft Patches. This month, Microsoft only released 3 security bulletins, patching a total of 11 vulnerabilities. Good news for IT server admins, as the patches only affected Microsoft Office and Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway. This means that most of you won’t need to reboot your servers this…

DEP Down Part 2: Why is DEP failing?

Posted October 21, 2010    The eEye Research Team

In the first part of the series “DEP Down”, we discussed how DEP (Data Execution Prevention) is not always enabled on the application targeted by attackers. When it is enabled, it can be defeated in a number of ways: Return-to-libc attacks These attacks, while normally limited to simple system commands, will always evade DEP as…

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DEP Down: Part 1

Posted October 14, 2010    The eEye Research Team

Today we continue our series of technical blogs with a blog about DEP (Data Execution Prevention). There are many good blogs and articles about DEP which go into great detail over the what, where, when and how’s of DEP and as such, I will only keep the introduction at a very minimum. Please follow the…

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