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Flash Furor Grows Despite Adobe’s Latest Fix

Three new vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player have been reported over the past two weeks, triggering a storm of protest and leading Mozilla and Google to ban the plug-in from their Firefox and Chrome browsers. "It is time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash and to ask the browsers...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Compliance Mindset Can Lead to Epic Security Fail

The recent data breach at Premera Blue Cross -- in which the personal information of some 11 million customers was compromised -- raises questions about how effective government regulators are at ensuring that healthcare providers adequately protect their patients' data. There have been abundant war...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Malicious Emailers Find Healthcare Firms Juicy Prey

Healthcare providers have garnered growing interest from hackers in recent months. More evidence of that trend appeared last week in a report on email trust. An email that appeared to come from a healthcare company was four times more likely to be fraudulent than an email purportedly from a social m...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Galaxy S5 Could Win Over Mobile Payment Skeptics

Consumers love their smartphones, but a substantial number of them don't love using them to pay for purchases. With Samsung's introduction of its Galaxy S5 phone last week, the company is betting it can change some of those consumers' minds on that subject. Like Apple's iPhone 5s, the S5 has a finge...

Report: Firefox Security Superiority a Myth

Secunia has debunked a myth held dear by Linux devotees and anti-Microsoft grousers: that Firefox is safer than Internet Explorer. There were 115 reported security vulnerabilities in Firefox last year -- almost twice as many as Internet Explorer and Apple's Safari browser combined, according to a ne...

Zero-Day Browser Exploits, Part 1: Is Open Source Safer Than IE?

Are open source browsers such as Firefox and Konqueror more secure than Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 and proprietary browsers like Opera? That is an age-old question, security experts say, with no clear-cut answer. Essentially, both browser types are free, making traditional budget-based purchase...

Firefox Furnishes Further Flaw Fixes

Mozilla released a new version of its Firefox Web browser Monday which includes fixes for two vulnerabilities disclosed by Secunia, an Internet security firm, earlier this month. The two flaws, which involved conflicts with Microsoft's Internet Explorer, kicked off a round of finger pointing as both...

Mozilla Relieves Firefox, Explorer Security Headache

Mozilla, maker of open source Web browser application Firefox, released a new version of the program that fixes a security issue stemming from an interaction between Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Firefox. Version 2.0.0.5 of Firefox was made available for download on Wednesday. The problem -- fir...

Internet Explorer Linked to Firefox Security Hole

In an interesting twist on browser-based security issues, security researchers said they have found a flaw in which Microsoft's Internet Explorer can cause Mozilla's Firefox to execute remote malicious code. Security firm Secunia released an advisory Tuesday, ranking the flaw as highly critical. The...

Flaw Found in Snort Intrusion Detection Product

A new vulnerability in Snort, an open source intrusion-detection system, enables hackers to inject hostile code into exposed systems. Sourcefire, the company behind the Snort package, said hackers could remotely gain control of systems running the software and execute malicious code, as well as gain...

Sun’s Solaris 10 Highly Vulnerable to Unlikely Telnet Exploit

Sun Microsystems, Secunia, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team and other security agencies have issued alerts for a somewhat oxymoronic telnet vulnerability in the Sun Solaris 10 operating system. The vulnerability is oxymoronic because, while it's possible for a hacker to gain poten...

Microsoft Warns Excel Users of Zero Day Attacks

Microsoft Excel users should avoid opening or saving any file attachments sent via e-mail if the message is not from a trusted source or arrives unexpectedly, the company said following public reports of zero day attacks exploiting a flaw in the spreadsheet program. Security firm Secunia ranks the v...

Mozilla Beefs Up Security in Firefox 2.0

Mozilla released the first security reinforcements for Firefox 2.0, the latest version of its popular Web browser, providing users of the open source software with fixes for five critical and three minor security holes. Security has emerged as one of the most important aspects of browser software fr...

Mozilla Fixes 12 Flaws in Firefox Browser

Mozilla late last week released 12 patches for its popular open source browser. Five of the patches issued in Firefox 1.5.0.4 were labeled "critical." Mozilla has issued four security updates to the 1.5 edition of the browser since it was made available last November. The last round of security fixe...

Microsoft IE Flaw Leaves Users in Quandary

Microsoft has confirmed that a new vulnerability exists in its Internet Explorer Web browser. The flaw could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on a user's system. The vulnerability affects IE 6.0 and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2. Secunia has also confirmed the vulnerability exists i...

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