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2006.12.18 Daily Security Reading

by on Dec.18, 2006, under Security

Non-OS-dependant malware

All too often people talk about the disadvantages of the Windows operating system: it has too many security flaws, it is not properly patched, it is not security oriented… Until the much talked about Vista system finally reaches our computers, there will still be plenty of time to protest.

Microsoft speeds up phishing shield for IE 7

When you use Windows Internet Explorer 7 to visit a Web page, the computer may respond very slowly as the Phishing Filter evaluates Web page contents.

The hole trick – How Skype & Co. get round firewalls

In order to be able to exchange packets with their counterpart as directly as possible they use subtle tricks to punch holes in firewalls.

Hackers Selling Vista Zero-Day Exploit

Underground hackers are hawking zero-day exploits for Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system at USD$50000 a pop, according to computer security researchers at Trend Micro. The Windows Vista exploit – which has not been independently verified – was just one of many zero-days available for sale at an auction-style marketplace.

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