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New IE Zero-Day Used in Watering Hole Attack Targets Memory

Nov 11, 2013 2:32 PM EST
By: Fahmida Y. Rashid

Attackers are exploiting serious vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer in a watering hole attack, researchers from security firm FireEye warned. Users tricked into accessing the infected website are hit with malware that infects the computer’s memory in a classic drive-by attack.

http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/internet-explorer/317789-new-ie-zero-day-used-in-watering-hole-attack-targets-memory

Microsoft warns: Expect exploits for critical Windows worm hole | ZDNet

 

Summary: There’s a remote, pre-authentication, network-accessible code execution vulnerability in Microsoft’s implementation of the RDP protocol.

Attention Microsoft Windows administrators: Stop what you’re doing and apply the new — and very critical — MS12-020 update.

Microsoft is warning that there’s a remote, pre-authentication, network-accessible code execution vulnerability in its implementation of the RDP protocol.

Microsoft warns: Expect exploits for critical Windows worm hole | ZDNet

Windows kernel ‘zero-day’ found in Duqu attack | ZDNet

 

Summary: One version of the attack was triggered by a rigged Microsoft Word .doc that probably included some social engineering and required the target to open the booby-trapped file.

The mysterious Duqu malware attack exploited a zero-day vulnerability in the Windows kernel, according to security researchers tracking the Stuxnet-like cyber-surveillance Trojan.

Windows kernel ‘zero-day’ found in Duqu attack | ZDNet

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Microsoft clarifies MBR rootkit removal advice – Computerworld

 

By Gregg Keizer
June 30, 2011 02:07 PM ET

Computerworld – Microsoft yesterday clarified the advice it gave users whose Windows PCs are infected with a new, sophisticated rootkit that buries itself on the hard drive’s boot sector.

Microsoft clarifies MBR rootkit removal advice – Computerworld

Microsoft: Rootkit infection requires Windows reinstall

By: Ron
Microsoft announced today that a new root-kit causes so much havoc by bury’s itself deep into the computer’s boot sector, that infected users will be forced to perform a re-install of the operating system to fix the problem.
http://www.winbeta.org/?q=news/microsoft-rootkit-infection-requires-windows-reinstall

Free COFEE opens Microsoft BitLocker

Microsoft has released a tool to law enforcement that helps get around the encryption provided by the company’s own BitLocker software, distributed in Windows Vista.
http://government.zdnet.com/?p=3781

Free Microsoft Windows Vista Tips and Tricks Booklet

SBSummit Day 2: Do I really need Windows Vista Ultimate for my business for BitLocker?

A caller was looking at Windows Vista Business, and was questioning why the Microsoft employee said to go with Windows Ultimate. The Microsoft employee said, Because of BitLocker. You can use it to secure your laptops data from theives and it is unbreakable.

There are other 3rd party programs out there such as TrueCrypt (free) and PGP Whole Disk Encryption (fee), that will do the same thing. Some will not have a TPM (Trusted Protection Module) chip support (Meaning you take the hard drive out of the laptop and put it in another, and no one can access your data). A thief will more than likely not want to take your laptop out of your bag, take the hard drive out and put it back in. They will take the whole thing.

Is BitLocker unbreakable? Nope! Students at Princeton figured it out! Visit their website to see a video demo of how you do it: http://citp.princeton.edu/memory/

You can also read more in their FAQ: http://citp.princeton.edu/memory/faq/ Please note the third FAQ question for the BEST WAY to avoid foil the thieves, as it is time sensitive for them.

What is BitLocker?BitLocker is a program the encrypts your entire hard drive to protect your data from thieves. It can use a TPM chip or a USB Drive as an added layer of protection. To read more: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/features/details/bitlocker.mspx