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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has offered to do a deal with U.S. prosecutors, who are seeking his extradition from New Zealand to the U.S.
Weeks before the U.S. Republican and Democratic national conventions that will anoint each party's nominee for president, special equipment to boost cellular signals in each party's venues is already nearly installed.
Monday, 9 July, was supposed to be 'Internet Doomsday' when the US' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was to shut down servers associated with the DNSChanger malware. As a result, computers infected with this threat were to be cut off from the Internet.
Microsoft Security Advisory 2719662 announces the availability of a fix-it to disable windows sidebar and gadgets. The threat seems to be insecure gadgets that allow random code to be executed with the rights of the logged on user.

SA 2719662

The fix-it disables the sidebar and gadgets.

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Microsoft Security Advisory 2728973 announces that Microsoft is revoking trust in a number of Microsoft certificates. A list of 28 Microsoft intermediate certificates are placed on an untrusted list.

SA 2728973

The updat eis cumulative in that it also places previously problematic certificates in the untrusted store.

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The Microsoft XML Core Services vulnerability is being actively targeted by cybercriminals. In addition, Microsoft issued a critical update to Internet Explorer 9.

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Thunderbolt, the high-speed interconnect standard, launched in February 2011 with Apple's springtime updates to the MacBook Pro. Yet useful products to use it remain relatively thin on the ground. Elgato's Thunderbolt SSD is one of very few portable storage drives to use Thunderbolt. It's a fast drive but it also highlights some current issues with the implementation of the standard that means it cannot perform close to its potential. Read more Storage reviews.
Privacy advocates today welcomed news of a possible Google proposal to settle Federal Trade Commission charges related to its surreptitious tracking of Apple Safari users.
Microsoft today patched 16 vulnerabilities, including one in Windows that's been exploited for weeks and two in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) in the first-in-years back-to-back browser update.
Under pressure from Google Drive and other industry heavyweights, Dropbox announced that it is doubling the capacity of its Pro 50 and Pro 100 online storage options and will also offer a new 500GB service plan.
After carefully working with China for the past two years, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt bluntly predicted the fall of the Great Firewall of China.
Maintaining PCI DSS compliance in the cloud is possible, but merchants often have the difficult job of maintaining transparency and getting log data from their cloud payment provider.

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Fifty years ago this week a Delta rocket roared into space carrying a payload that sparked a revolution in the way the world communicates. On board the rocket, launched on July 10, was Telstar, the first telecommunications satellite.
RETIRED: Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications DLL Loading Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability
Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications DLL Loading Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability
Overview of the July 2012 Microsoft patches and their status.

Contra Indications - KB
Known Exploits
Microsoft rating(**)
ISC rating(*)


The well know memory corruption vulnerability in Microsoft XML Core Services (MSXML). Note that the updates for XML core services 5.0 are still missing.

Replaces MS08-069 and MS10-051.

XML core services

The patch for the problem first described in SA 2719615. Is used according to Microsoft in limited targeted attacks.


The usual MSIE cumulative patch fixing an additional 2 vulnerabilities that allow random code execution with the rights of the logged on user.

Replaces MS12-037.



No publicly known exploits


An vulnerability in ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), part of Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC), allows random code execution with the rights of the logged on user.


No publicly known exploits


A vulnerability in how Visual Basic for Applications loads DLLs allows random code execution with the rights of the logged on user. This is one more in a long list of bulletins that are related to Security Advisory 2269637.

This can be attacked through webdav or other file sharing methods.

Note that -as is usually the case with VBA- there might still be vulnerable VBE6.dll files lingering on patched systems as Microsoft does not patch all vulnerable dll's installed by third parties.



Is used according to Microsoft in limited targeted attacks.

Symantec confirms exploitation.


Multiple vulnerabilities in the windows kernel mode drivers allow escalation of privileges.

Replaces MS12-041.

Windows kernel mode drivers


KB Microsoft claims CVE-2012-1890 was publicly released.


A vulnerability in handling file and directory names allows random code execution.

Can be exploited by as little as opening an attachment of an email.

Replaces MS10-046.

Windows shell


No publicly known exploits


A TLSprotocol vulnerability relating to CBC cyphers that allows the encryption to be broken. Relates tothe Windows Secure Channel (SChannel) and the Cryptography API: Next Generation (CNG) components.

Replaces MS10-049, MS12-006 and MS10-085.



Microsoft claims CVE-2012-1870 is public and that proof of concept code was released.


Multiple vulnerabilities in Sharepoint, InfoPath and Groove Server allow escalation of privileges.

CVE-2012-1858 was already discussed and fixed in MS12-037 and MS12-039 last month.

Replaces MS11-074.








CVE-2012-1858 was publicly discussed and fixed by Microsoft in last month's batch.


Folder permission problems in Office for Mac 2011 allows other users to cause unsuspecting users to execute code unintentionally. This upgrades Office 2011 for Mac to version 14.2.3 .

Replaces MS12-030.

Office for Mac


Microsoft claims the vulnerability was publicly discussed.

Less Urgent
Less Urgent

We will update issues on this page for about a week or so as they evolve.

We appreciate updates

US based customers can call Microsoft for free patch related support on 1-866-PCSAFETY

(*): ISC rating

We use 4 levels:

PATCH NOW: Typically used where we see immediate danger of exploitation. Typical environments will want to deploy these patches ASAP. Workarounds are typically not accepted by users or are not possible. This rating is often used when typical deployments make it vulnerable and exploits are being used or easy to obtain or make.
Critical: Anything that needs little to become interesting for the dark side. Best approach is to test and deploy ASAP. Workarounds can give more time to test.
Important: Things where more testing and other measures can help.
Less Urgent: Typically we expect the impact if left unpatched to be not that big a deal in the short term. Do not forget them however.

The difference between the client and server rating is based on how you use the affected machine. We take into account the typical client and server deployment in the usage of the machine and the common measures people typically have in place already. Measures we presume are simple best practices for servers such as not using outlook, MSIE, word etc. to do traditional office or leisure work.
The rating is not a risk analysis as such. It is a rating of importance of the vulnerability and the perceived or even predicted threat for affected systems. The rating does not account for the number of affected systems there are. It is for an affected system in a typical worst-case role.
Only the organization itself is in a position to do a full risk analysis involving the presence (or lack of) affected systems, the actually implemented measures, the impact on their operation and the value of the assets involved.
All patches released by a vendor are important enough to have a close look if you use the affected systems. There is little incentive for vendors to publicize patches that do not have some form of risk to them.

(**): The exploitability rating we show is the worst of them all due to the too large number of ratings Microsoft assigns to some of the patches.


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BlackBerry 10 smartphones, slated to ship in early 2013, will rely heavily on improved BlackBerry Messenger social networking tools, including new video chat capabilities, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins told shareholders during a sometimes acrimonious annual meeting today.
A new Web-based social engineering attack that relies on malicious Java applets attempts to install backdoors on Windows, Linux and Mac computers, according to security researchers from antivirus vendors F-Secure and Kaspersky Lab.
The newly updated version of the open source Jaspersoft business intelligence suite offers end users more controls on how they can format reports and dashboards, including the ability to filter results and remove unnecessary columns.
According to Medeyko, the protests are also backed by the Russian Google branch and one of the largest Russian domain names registrars, RU-Center
Johannes Ullrich was our MC for the evening. He covered off where the ISC came from, the major data collection projects we have ongoing (Dshield Firewall logs, the 404 Project and the Web Honeypot). He also covered off many of the major stories that weve seen over the last 12 months.

Russ McRee discussed DDOS attacks against Microsoft as well as service abuse against cloud offerings

Rob VandenBrink - The Microsoft Root Certificate compromise/abuse story was pretty big, along with the follow-on windows update to fix windows update. This is something that's been predicted - - its been a part of SEC504 and SEC560 for some time now, and really they should have been more prepared for something like this.

Related to that - SSL support on most browsers do not correctly use the CRL (Certificate Revocation List) - only Opera correctly uses the CRL. So while the correct fix for the Microsoft issue would have been to revoke the affected certificate, only Opera would have correctly used that fix !

Manuel Humberto Santander Pelaez highlighted SCADA attacks in South America, as well as the challenges SCADA hardware faces in having to support the legacy protocols and co-exist on general purpose networks. We had a deeper discussion on this after the panel discussion, with some different issues and viewpoints from the Oil and Gas sector thrown in. SCADA was a big part of the evening, both in the follow-on Q and A, and the after-panel-panel.

Richard Porter

Mobile malware is rapidly on the rise
With mobile platforms being pushed by both users and management, were seeing admins giving up on real security for BYOD
Again related to BYOD, the network perimeter is no longer easy to define. Weve got external devices, not owned by the corporation that now demand internal access
With new protocols (IPv6 for one), we're seeing all the old attacks becoming new (and successful) again

Jason Lam

Many of our new web app problems aren't new. Most of our web apps don't do anything against the newer attacks, we've got our hands full keeping up with the old stuff
We tend to solve problems that have easy fixes, one thing at a time, ignoring problems that need multiple solutions to actually solve
Focus on pentest is only looking at one face - mechanisms for defense of web apps are simply not being deployed
For instance, look for hash compromises next year - we're still not hashing correctly
Weve seen a rise in hacktivism over the last while - these folks often don't have budget, they just have time on their hands and the will to succeed

Lenny Zeltser discussed the impact of PCI - for all that many view it as the minimum bar for security rather than as a demanding standard, it has had a marked, positive impact on the state of internet security, especially on smaller businesses
But PCI compliance still gives a false sense of security, again, especially to smaller businesses. While it raises awareness, many of them view their security as a solved, completed problem with PCI certification done.
Security products need to become more intelligent, more automated and cheaper whats custom and expensive now needs to become automated, smarter, commodity products

William Salusky covered off his top 5:

spear phishing, targetted at and originating from AOL
compromised accounts - specifically webmail accounts. targetting financial data, contact lists, leverage compromised pwds against other things (like bank and financial sites)
hacktivism - not politically motivated, each hactivism group want to be better than the last hactivism group. Most aren't particularly political, this phenomena seems to be more of a We're badder than Lulzsec one-upmanship thing
More discussion on certificate authorities and the recent compromises
Lots and lots (and lots) of malicious advertising has been seen this year - ads with malware embedded / drive by compromises

Lots of questions followed on, notably several on malware and especially several SCADA questions

After the panel, the fun continued with a good after-after-panel discussion ranging over some future SDN (Software Defined Networking) compromises and resourcing issues, what we can see coming on AVB (Audio Video Bridging) compromises, lots on web app security and defense, and a truly great software demo that we cant really disclose (but stay tuned)

Rob VandenBrink

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Oracle Java SE CVE-2012-1723 Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Salesforce.com suffered a significant service outage on Tuesday, less than two weeks after another serious set of system problems.
Toshiba said Tuesday it is developing a line of products for storing large amounts of data, based on its flash memory chips.
Apple today said it would start selling the new iPad in China starting Friday, July 20.
MicroStrategy is adding an Express option for potential users of its cloud-based BI (business intelligence) service, the company announced Tuesday.
AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note users can access the latest Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, operating system upgrade starting Tuesday.
[security bulletin] HPSBMU02796 SSRT100594 rev.1 - HP Operations Agent for AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris and Windows, Remote Execution of Arbitrary Code
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MicroStrategy is set to unveil an array of enhancements to its BI (business intelligence) software platform, covering areas such as visual data-exploration and the open-source Hadoop data-processing framework, during the MicroStrategy World conference in Amsterdam on Tuesday.
Verizon Wireless announced that it will sell the BlackBerry Curve 9310 smartphone for $49.99 after rebate with a two-year service plan. Online sales begin Thursday; the carrier says the phone will hit stores in the 'coming weeks.'
I'm not talking about the hassle for IT departments when people bring in their own devices. I mean the perils to the people doing the bringing.
Smartphone owners plan to vote for President Barack Obama by a wide margin over those favoring GOP rival Mitt Romney for president, according to a recent Harris Interactive survey of 776 smartphone owners.
EMC is updating its NetWorker backup and recovery software on Tuesday with an eye to greater efficiency, tighter integration with other EMC products, and cloud computing.
Microsoft said two more companies had signed patent agreements covering their Android and Chrome devices, under the company's IP (intellectual property) licensing program that already has over 1,100 licensing agreements.
Enterprise cloud computing company Salesforce.com said Monday it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Canadian shared-browsing technology startup GoInstant.
Chinese regulators are cracking down on inappropriate video and films made by the nation's Internet firms with new measures meant to encourage the production of more positive programs.
An Executive Order issued by the White House last Friday seeks to bolster the government's ability to keep its emergency communications capabilities intact during national emergencies. But one privacy advocacy group is expressing concern.
About a year ago, Xerox told some 600 employees, many of them engineers, that their jobs were being transferred to an India-based IT services firm. How has that worked out?
Enterprises may be ready for BYOD, but most consumer devices aren't, so vendors are adding high-level security features to their new and upcoming products.

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By Dan Goodin
Ars Technica
July 9, 2012

Members of the Anonymous hacking collective are taking credit for the
theft of more than 2.4 million e-mails from Syrian governmental
officials and contractors that were later published by WikiLeaks.

The whistle-blower website announced the massive document dump on
Thursday. The cache includes communications from...

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July 9, 2012

Do you consider yourself an IT hacker? Then the Independent Electoral
and Boundaries Commission will soon be looking for you.

In November, the IEBC plans to invite hackers to try tamper with the
system that it will use to transmit provisional results.

According to IEBC CEO James...

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By Ellen Messmer
Network World
July 06, 2012

Last month the dating site eHarmony suffered a data breach in which more
than 1.5 million eHarmony password hashes were stolen and later dumped
online by the hacker gang called Doomsday Preppers. The crypto-based
"hashing" process is supposed to conceal stored passwords, but
Trustwave's SpiderLabs...

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DEF CON is taking nominations for the following categories of awards.
Voting for the actual nominated names will not be conducted here, on
Survey Monkey. Instead, we'll have active voting, on-site, during the
Recognize Awards ceremony. Audience participation is encouraged. In the
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By Roger A. Grimes
July 09, 2012

Network and endpoint security may not strike you as the first place to
scratch an experimental itch. After all, protecting the company's
systems and data should call into question any action that may introduce
risk. But IT security threats constantly evolve, and sometimes you have
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