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The rise in the exploitation of old PDF vulnerabilities - Microsoft Malware Protection Center - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

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Wireless Carriers Leave Millions of Android Phones Vulnerable to Hackers | Threat Level | Wired.com

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There are millions of vulnerable Android phones in the hands of consumers today because wireless phone carriers and phone hardware makers refuse to transmit existing software security fixes to phones in a timely manner, according to a security researcher.

 

Unlike phones made by Apple, which has power over carriers and controls the distribution of software updates to its phones, Android users can’t get an update to their phones without the carrier’s intervention, notes Chris Soghoian principal technologist and senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union. “The phones have to contact a server run by the carrier in order to get an update.”

 

As a result, Android users are slave to the update schedule of wireless carriers or the hardware makers, who can take a year or longer to distribute new firmware updates containing fixes to phones.

 

“When Apple decides that it’s going to give a security update to consumers or a feature update, every consumer who plugs their phone into their computer gets the update whether or not their respective regional carrier likes it,” Soghoian said, speaking at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit.

 

But with Android, “you get updates when the carrier wants it and when the hardware manufacturer wants it, and usually that’s not very often.”

 

Research released by DuoSecurity last September found that half of sampled Android devices had unfixed vulnerabilities, even though there were patches from Google that were available for them. There are over 100 million Android devices deployed worldwide

 

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Phony Adobe Flash update spreads home page-changing malware - Infosecurity Magazine

Phony Adobe Flash update spreads home page-changing malware
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As anyone knows who spends time watching the History Channel's H2 network, which has a full slate of apocalypse-focused programming in heavy rotation, Dec.
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Java Flaw Targeted By Crimeware Toolkit: Patch Now - InformationWeek

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Adobe patches Acrobat and Reader, Mozilla debuts Firefox built-in PDF viewer

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Adobe has pushed out the announced update for Acrobat and Reader that patches the two vulnerabilities that were recently exploited in attacks in the wild.

But, the popularity of these Adobe products, the amount of security bugs they apparently contain, and Adobe's consistently slow release of patches make them the perfect entry point for cyber attackers, so it's no wonder that security experts are advising and users considering using alternative PDF viewers.

Google has solved part of the problem for users by building in a PDF viewer into Chrome and turning it on by default. Apple's Safari has done the same for Safari for Mac.

And now Mozilla has introduced one in its latest stable version of Firefox (v19.0).

 


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Google has solved of the problem for users by building in a PDF viewer into Chrome and turning it on by default. Apple's Safari has done the same for Safari for Mac.


And now Mozilla has introduced one in its latest stable version of Firefox (v19.0).

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/cyber-hygiene-ict-hygiene-for-population-education-and-business/

 

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Recently patched Java flaw already targeted in mass attacks, researchers say - InfoWorld

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OnSoftware Recently patched Java flaw already targeted in mass attacks, researchers say InfoWorld A recently patched Java remote code execution vulnerability is already being exploited by cyber criminals in mass attacks to infect computers with...
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