Category: Security

Google Chrome to Improve Security

By | April 7, 2011 | 3 Comments

Google Chrome to Improve Security

Even though Google already offers a variety of protection tools for its users (from Safe Browsing API to Sandbox), it does not stop here.

According to the Chromium Blog, Google is announcing a new feature that will protect users against suspicious downloads.

How?
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Weekly Browsers Recap + Bonus Links, April Fools Edition

By | April 4, 2011 | 1 Comment

Weekly Browsers Recap, April 4th

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Weekly Browsers Recap + Bonus Links, March 28th

By | March 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, March 28th

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Mozilla Feels Remorse Over Keeping Mum About SSL Certificate Theft

By | March 25, 2011 | 4 Comments

Mozilla Feels Remorse Over Keeping Mum About SSL Certificate TheftAttackers utilized genuine passwords and usernames to get a hold of nine SSL certificates on the 15th of March via a Comodo certificate reseller. What SSL certificates do is basically prove the authenticity of a site. The log-on websites affected were Yahoo Mail, Google’s Gmail, Microsoft’s Hotmail, Skype, as well as Mozilla’s Firefox extension website.

Comodo revoked the certificates and brought the matter to the attention of Mozilla, Google, and Microsoft between the 15th and the 23rd of March. The breach of its reseller and the theft of the SSL certificates were announced on the 23rd of this month.
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Weekly Browsers Recap + Bonus Links, March 7th

By | March 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, March 7th

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19 Chrome Bugs Fixed in Preparation for Pwn2Own Hacking Contest

By | March 2, 2011 | 3 Comments

Nine researchers were paid a total of $14,000 in bug bounties for bringing the Chrome bugs to Google’s attention. The company then promptly patched them last Monday.

Pwn2Own, an annual hacking contest that takes place at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, was most likely the trigger for the updates, for Google fixed security flaws a week before last year’s Pwn2Own contest as well.
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Weekly Browsers Recap + Bonus Links, February 21st

By | February 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, February 21st

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Weekly Questions Recap, February 21st

By | February 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Questions Recap, February 21st
Don’t forget that you can receive points for asking/answering questions and redeem them for cool prizes.

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Majority Of Web Browsers Are Unpatched

By | February 17, 2011 | 1 Comment

Majority of Web Browsers Are UnpatchedWolfgang Kandek, CTO of security risk and compliance management provider Qualys, revealed that approximately 80% of web browsers are susceptible to exploits of bugs that have already been patched. Kandek attributed this mostly to Windows, saying “All the different patching mechanisms are confusing, a bit of this and some of that.”

As discovered by BrowserCheck (which scans Windows, Mac and Linux machines for vulnerable browsers along with browser plug-ins), Oracle’s Java was the most probable plug-in to be outdated for the second year in a row, comprising a total of 40% scanned systems. Adobe’s Reader and Apple’s QuickTime were second and third, taking up 32% and 25% respectively.

Proposed solutions include:

  • Microsoft taking charge of patching crucial third party plug-ins via single updater.
  • Moving to HTML5, so browsers would no longer require various audio and video processing plug-ins.

Weekly Browsers Recap + Bonus Links, February 14th

By | February 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, February 14th

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