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Archive for May, 2009

New Adobe Reader Zero Day Vulnerabilities

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

According to ZDNet, an anonymous researcher has posted two new vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader, along with proof of concept, which are under investigation by Adobe.


McAfee First-Quarter Threats Report

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

McAfee has released its Threat Report for the first quarter of  2009  (available here). The most significant points of this report are the following:

  • 12 million new IP addresses were taken in control by malicious software, which  is a 50% increase since 2008.
  • The United States is now home to the largest percentage of botnet-infected computers, currently hosting 18 percent of all zombie machines.

Botnet hijacking

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Security researchers at University of California, Santa Barbara have managed to infiltrate the Torpig botnet (also called Sinowal or Mebroot) allowed them to gain important new insights into one of the world’s most notorious zombie networks by collecting an astounding 70 GB worth of data stolen in just 10 days.


iPhone OS vulnerability

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Most security researchers thought it wasn’t possible to run shellcode on an iPhone. Shellcode is code that can run from a command line, but the iPhone was thought not to allow it for security reasons. But Charlie Miller recently discovered a way to make it happen.