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Apple - Mac: Apple Mythology and Desktop Security
Security Two weeks ago theregister.co.uk summarized an analysis (done by Quocirca) of reader response to questions on Linux desktop migration.

To no one's surprise, the study found that business people cite the opportunity to sidestep the insecurity of the Microsoft PC, not cost savings, as the primary reason for considering desktop Linux. Most respondents agreed, furthermore, that the high cost of matching Windows applications, particularly Microsoft Office and custom applications, is the greatest barrier to change.
Published Apr 21, 2005 - 07:52 PM
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PowerPC Gives Edge to Security ...
Security Some developers claim that the PowerPC, a general-purpose microprocessor that was designed by IBM and Motorola Inc. and that Apple Computer Inc. has long used in its Macintosh systems, has distinct advantages when it comes to security monitoring and management over, say, Intel Corp.'s CPUs. In part, that's because of the PowerPC's more liberal caching scheme, says Dave Lapp, chief technology officer at Seaway Networks Inc.
Published Apr 18, 2005 - 07:33 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft silent over IP vulnerability claims
Security A researcher who found a vulnerability that affects networking products from Cisco, Juniper and IBM now says most versions of Microsoft Windows are also vulnerable.

Microsoft has refused to comment over allegations that computers running its Windows operating system are affected by a serious vulnerability in one of the Internet's underlying technologies.
Published Apr 15, 2005 - 01:38 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft Dusts Off 'Palladium' Security for Longhorn
Security Unlike last year's Longhorn Windows Hardware Engineering Conference preview build, this year's will include the first pieces of Microsoft's built-in Windows security system.

That system—originally code-named "Palladium," (and more recently, "Next-Generation Secure Computing Base," or NGSCB)—has been one of the most controversial of the planned Longhorn components, since Microsoft first detailed it in 2003.
Published Apr 15, 2005 - 10:27 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft issued info on 8 new security updates
Security On Tuesday, April 12, Microsoft issued information on eight new security updates. Symantec Security Response has identified the following five vulnerabilities as the most serious:

..."It is important that both home users and enterprises take proactive steps to deploy these patches," said Oliver Friedrichs, senior manager, Symantec Security Response. "The vulnerabilities announced by Microsoft today can result in broad exposure to blended threats and worms, as well as denial of service attacks. "
Published Apr 13, 2005 - 11:05 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux servers praised for security
Security A recent Yankee Group report may have incensed Linux devotees on some counts, but it did conclude that Linux is more secure than Windows. That finding that is now backed up by a new survey of software development managers

Software development managers rate Linux significantly higher than Windows server products for security, according to the latest research.
Published Apr 12, 2005 - 12:33 PM
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Win - MS: Fewer Permissions Are Key to Longhorn Security
Security Software engineers who attend Microsoft's annual Windows Hardware Engineering Conference later this month could get their first taste of a new Windows user permissions model that could change the way thousands of programs are developed and run.

But as the company prepares for the final Longhorn development push, questions remain about its plans for a new user privileges model called Least-Privilege User Account, or LUA.
Published Apr 08, 2005 - 01:56 PM
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Biggest security threat is vocabulary?
Security Every now and again someone sits up to tell us that the problem with technology is that it's too complicated, and that people don't understand it. One facet of the discussion is always the issue of jargon. Was ist... ahch tee tee pee? The BBC is pointing to a study that says "geek speak" problem is ultimately making the Internet experience less secure.
Published Apr 06, 2005 - 05:38 PM
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Win - MS: 'High Risk' Flaws Found in IE, Outlook
Security A pair of newly discovered security flaws in Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Outlook programs could put millions of users at risk of code execution attacks, a private research outfit warned Thursday.

The vulnerabilities were reported to Microsoft Corp. by private research outfit eEye Digital Security, and basic details on the risks and the affected products have been released on eEye's upcoming advisories Web page.
Published Apr 01, 2005 - 11:00 AM
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Win - MS: Failed fixes haunt credibility of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Initiative
Security TruSecure Corp. senior scientist Russ Cooper, who is also the founder and editor of the NTBugtraq mailing list, has published a report that details how a nearly eight-year-old denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerability has resurfaced in Windows XP (including SP2) and Windows Server 2003 long after Microsoft originally fixed the problem.

...The vulnerability according to Cooper, leaves Microsoft's desktop and server operating systems open to a DoS exploit known as a "Land attack" that he says can crash a system.
Published Mar 31, 2005 - 07:00 PM
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Apple - Mac: Joke of the month: Gartner warns of Mac OS X 'spyware infestation' potential
Security Gartner's warning basically is saying that "Mac OS X users have no problems, but don't think that the threat doesn't exist. Nobody bought Symantec's load of ---- last week, so we're going to have to try to scare everyone about the potential for, ummm, let's see... 'Mac OS X spyware infestations,' yeah, yeah, that sounds good... before people go get crazy ideas like dumping their porous, insecure Windows boxes for Macs." More FUD. And the more FUD you see, the more Apple's Mac platform is denting the Wintel-centric universe.
Published Mar 30, 2005 - 02:39 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft Said to Have New Security Plans
Security Microsoft's next operating system, code-named Longhorn, will feature a new personal data repository, according to a news report Monday.

The service, called Info-cards, would reside on the user's PC and aggregate personal information like names, credit card numbers and mailing addresses, and will allow people to use them when they shop or conduct business online, Microsoft executives said in a Wall Street Journal report.
Published Mar 29, 2005 - 10:19 AM
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Win - MS: Linux Lags Windows in New Security Report
Security A report released today indicates Windows Server 2003 may actually be more secure than its most popular Linux competitor when it comes to vulnerabilities and the time it takes to patch them.

But well before the paper's official release, members of the IT security community have questioned the comparison, with some slamming the researchers' methodology and others the Microsoft connection--the software giant funded the research behind the favorable findings.
Published Mar 22, 2005 - 01:26 PM
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Win - MS: Drop In Bots Due To Windows XP SP2, Says Symantec
Security Microsoft's rollout of Windows XP SP2 in August 2004 was the most likely reason the number of bots actively involved in scanning dropped precipitously in the second half of 2004, said Symantec in a report the security company released Monday.

Although Symantec's claim that bots are on the downturn contradicts recent research by the Honeynet Project, which last week said that as many as a million machines may be kidnapped by botnets, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company made a compelling case.
Published Mar 21, 2005 - 04:02 PM
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Apple - Mac: Symantec: Mac OS X a hacker target
Security Security vendor Symantec is warning that Apple's OS X operating system is increasingly becoming a target for hackers and malware authors.

In its seventh bi-annual Internet Security Threat Report, Symantec said over the past year, security researchers had discovered at least 37 serious vulnerabilities in the Mac OS X system.
Published Mar 21, 2005 - 09:17 AM
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Win - MS: Study says over 1m Windows PCs compromised
Security A study by the German Honeynet Project estimates that over a million internet-connected computers, the majority of which are running Windows XP and Windows 2000, are infected with bots and can be harnessed by crackers to launch attacks.

The group said that once an attacker had compromised a machine, he or she normally installed an IRC (internet relay chat) bot - also called a zombie or drone - on it.
Published Mar 20, 2005 - 03:07 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft Security Practice Raises Fears
Security Microsoft Corp. is giving early versions of its software security patches to the U.S. Air Force and other organizations, a practice some experts fear could give rogue hackers important details about how to break into unprotected computers on a massive scale.
Published Mar 14, 2005 - 11:52 AM
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Win - MS: Vigilante & Control-Flow Integrity: New security approaches from Microsoft
Security Microsoft Research is showing off prototypes for two security projects aimed at containing zero-day Internet worms and thwarting malicious code execution attacks.

At the company's annual TechFest event in Redmond, Wash., Microsoft Corp. engineers presented the first glimpse of a new technology code-named Vigilante that proposes a brand-new approach to automate worm containment.
Published Mar 09, 2005 - 04:20 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft Researchers Target Worms, Buffer Overruns
Security Microsoft researchers showed off some forward-looking technologies this week, including new ways to protect systems against Internet worms, prevent hacker attacks, and measure available bandwidth on home networks.

At its fifth annual TechFest, Microsoft Research presented about 150 projects here at the company's headquarters. The event was expected to attract about 6000 Microsoft employees. Its main purpose is to promote the exchange of ideas, or "tech transfers," between Microsoft Research and product teams at the software maker.
Published Mar 04, 2005 - 04:05 PM
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Win - MS: MS security is a conflict of interest, says Gartner
Security Gartner has criticised Microsoft's plans to develop anti-virus and anti-spam add-ons for its software products.

The analyst group said Microsoft's move, announced last month, could represent a conflict of interest. It urged Microsoft to improve the security and quality of its software rather than building add-on security features to patch insecure applications.
Published Mar 01, 2005 - 03:10 PM
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