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Sandworm Vulnerability Requires Another Fix from Microsoft

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BACKGROUND Hackers have bypassed Microsoft’s security patch to address the Sandworm vulnerability in Windows resulting in the company issuing another advisory and warning users of the new threat. IMPACT The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens … Continue reading

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Adobe Flash Vulnerability Currently Being Exploited

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BACKGROUND There is a vulnerability in Adobe Flash that is being exploited in large scale attacks. The vulnerability is being tracked as CVE-2014-0569 ( on the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) database. The exploit includes memory corruption vulnerabilities and an integer overflow vulnerability that … Continue reading

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Bash Vulnerability Update

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Please note the following updates to the September 25 post regarding the Bash / Shellshock vulnerability.

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More OpenSSL Vulnerabilities Reported

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Security researchers have recently identified several vulnerabilities in the OpenSSL encryption library in addition to the widely publicized Heartbleed bug (see​ for more information about Heartbleed). System Administrators within USC’s IT units should complete the action items (fixes) summarized … Continue reading

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TrueCrypt is insecure

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The anonymous developers of TrueCrypt warned yesterday “Using TrueCrypt is not secure” and that “the development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP.” They recommend using BitLocker on Windows and provide directions to migrate from TrueCrypt … Continue reading

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Zero-Day Vulnerability in Internet Explorer

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Microsoft has issued a security advisory about a recently discovered zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer versions 6 – 11. The vulnerability could allow an attacker to install malware on a system without the user’s knowledge or consent if the user … Continue reading

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Heartbleed – vendor updates 2014-04-17 10:56

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Below is a partial list of vendors that have released updates to address the Heartbleed vulnerability.
This list will be updated as more information becomes available. Continue reading

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Server certificates and Heartbleed

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Cloudflare, a large web-hosting company, has a very detailed article on how server certificates are not (in the real world) extractable using the Heartbleed bug: They set up a test server and challenged anybody to obtain the private key. … Continue reading

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Passwords You Need to Change due to the Heartbleed Bug

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Many websites and online services, including Facebook, Instagram, Google, and Yahoo, were affected by the recently announced Heartbleed vulnerability. The site linked below has collected responses from social media, email, financial, and other companies regarding steps they have taken to … Continue reading

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Patch Tuesday Roundup for April 2014

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Microsoft’s support for the Windows XP operating system, Office 2003, and Exchange 2003 ends today, April 8, 2014. Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or other bug fixes for Windows XP, Office 2003, or Exchange 2003, leaving users of … Continue reading

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