Category: Security

Pwn2Own: Google to Give Away CR-48 Laptop and $20,000

By | February 3, 2011 | 7 Comments

Pwn2Own: Google to Give Away CR-48 Laptop and $20,000The 5th Pwn2Own contest is here and there are some special treats for all you exploiters.

In addition to already offered prizes by Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) (a total is $105,000), Google Inc. will also be giving away a CR-48 laptop running Google Chrome OS and $20,000 to one lucky hacker who will exploit a security hole in Google Chrome web browser.

Contestants are welcomed to hack the following browsers:

Microsoft Internet Explorer
Apple Safari
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

All of them will be running on a 64-bit, Windows 7 or OS X machines.

As for Opera inclusion, it’s still the same “low market share” argument.

Weekly Browsers Recap, January 17th

By | January 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, January 17th

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Microsoft to Reveal Internet Explorer Mobile Plans
During the CES, one of the audience members has asked Microsoft’s Dean…

Google Chrome Release Cycle
Google has recently published an interesting release cycle slideshow for Google Chrome…
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Mozilla Leaks 44,000 User Passwords

By | December 29, 2010 | 3 Comments

Mozilla Leaks 44,000 User PasswordsOops

It looks like the database of 44,000 inactive addons.mozilla.org accounts has been mistakenly left on a public Mozilla server.

According to the official blog post, it affects accounts created prior to April 9th, 2009 that use older, md5-based password hashes. As of today, all the data is secured with SHA-512 password hash.

Impacted users were notified on December 27th and potential treat has been already removed.

Weekly Browsers Recap, December 27th

By | December 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, December 27th

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Internet Explorer is the Best Browser
A picture.

Now Open This With…
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Opera Responds to NSS Labs Browser Security Research Report

By | December 21, 2010 | 4 Comments

Opera Responds to NSS Labs Browser Security Research ReportThomas Ford, the PR Manager of Opera Software has also raised some concerns about the recent NSS Labs Report results (where Opera scored 0%) and responded with the following statement (as from ConceivablyTech email).

We have some concerns with the results posted by NSS. First, we are unclear as to why they received no results. We use AVG and Yandex, among others, for our fraud protection solution. Both have performed well in our testing. It is odd that they received no results from our data providers.

The latter could indicate that what NSS Labs actually tests is the providers that Microsoft uses in IE. As such, the test almost becomes a QA test of Microsoft’s own system rather than a real test.

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Google Responds to NSS Labs Browser Security Research Report

By | December 21, 2010 | 1 Comment

Google Responds to NSS Labs Browser Security Research ReportWith the recent release of NSS Labs Security Research Report, Google has responded with the following statement:

These sponsored tests are limited in their sole focus on socially engineered malware, while excluding vulnerabilities in plug-ins or browsers themselves. Additionally, the testing methodology isn’t available in a way that can be independently verified. Google Chrome was built with security in mind from the beginning and emphasizes protection of users from drive-by downloads and plug-in vulnerabilities — for example, we recently introduced a new security sandbox for Flash Player.

As a reminder: Google Chrome 6 blocked 3.4% of all socially engineered malware, while IE9 – 99%.

Weekly Browsers Recap, December 20th

By | December 20, 2010 | 2 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, December 20th

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Free Xbox Slim
We are giving away Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 console…

Internet Explorer 9 RC
Latest build is 9.0.8048.6000 (101209-2300).
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Firefox to Include “Do Not Track” Feature

By | December 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

Firefox to Include Do Not Track FeatureFollows Internet Explorer.

Mozilla’s chief executive, Gary Kovacs while talking about Firefox 4 in Mountain View, California addressed user privacy issues and promised to deliver “Do Not Track” button in the first part of next year.

“The idea of ‘Do Not Track’ is interesting, but there doesn’t seem to be consensus on what ‘tracking’ really means, nor how new proposals could be implemented in a way that respects people’s current privacy controls,” said Google.

The Federal Trade Commission has also suggested adding such mechanism back in December.

Malware Block Rate: Internet Explorer – 99%, Opera – 0%

By | December 14, 2010 | 20 Comments

Malware Block Rate: Internet Explorer - 99%, Opera - 0%Or so it seems.

NSS Labs tested 5 most popular web browsers to find out, which one of them offer the best protection against malware.

Tested web browsers

Google Chrome 6.0.472.63
Windows Internet Explorer 8 (build 8.0.7600.16385)
Windows Internet Explorer 9 pre-BETA (build 9.0.7930.16402)
Mozilla Firefox 3.6.10
Opera 10.62 (build 3500)
Safari 5.0.1 (7533.17.8)

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Weekly Browsers Recap, December 13th

By | December 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, December 13th

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Free Xbox 360 Slim
We are giving away Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 console…

If Web Browsers Were Celebrities
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