Zero Day Adobe and Microsoft Exploits

Adobe has released (for the second time this month) an emergency update for its widely used Flash Player to combat active attacks that exploit a previously unknown security bug that hackers are actively exploiting to surreptitiously install malware on end-user computers.

Attackers are already exploiting it!

Please apply this patch and stay secure.
If your version of Flash on Chrome (on either Windows, Mac or Linux) is not yet updated, you may just need to close and restart the browser. The version of Chrome that includes this fix is v. 33.0.1750.117 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. To learn what version of Chrome you have, click the stacked bars to the right at of the address bar, and select “About Google Chrome” from the drop down menu (the option to apply any pending updates should appear here as well).

The most recent versions of Flash are available from the Adobe download center here, but beware potentially unwanted add-ons, like McAfee Security Scan, Chrome browser etc..). To avoid this, uncheck the pre-checked box before downloading, or grab your OS-specific Flash download from here. Windows users who browse the Web with anything other than Internet Explorer will need to apply this patch twice, once with IE and again using the alternative browser (Firefox, Opera, e.g.).


Microsoft has released a stop-gap fix for a previously unknown zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer versions 9 and 10 to combat a separate zero-day campaign. IF possible (many users cannot because of other ‘line of business software’ that requires versions 9 or 10) to update to version 11 of IE, since it contains exploit mitigations not available in earlier releases. Those who are prevented from running version 11 should install the Microsoft fix as soon as possible.

Microsoft site explanation is here

Actual ‘Fix-It tool is here

If you run it make sure you ‘right-click’ on the file after it’s downloaded and ‘Run As Administrator’

Be safe folks, Peace.

BlackPOS breach

So here is a story about the recent MASSIVE thefts at Target Neiman Marcus and other retailers.

What is by far the most scary is this line,
“…said it was possible for Target and Neiman Marcus to be hacked after the software tried several easy passwords to remotely hack the stores’ registers, and added that the malware, called BlackPOS..”

We are finding out the breach occurred because of poor Security practices! Easily guessed or worse, standard passwords at the gates!

This is totally unacceptable and, in my opinion, everyone involved from the top to bottom of these IT chains should be fired and also be part of any litigation directed at the companies.

You know you hear it from me and just about everyone else: use complex Usernames and especially passwords. NEVER use a default username or password. Never use the same password for different accounts.

So I’ll say this again to everyone. Please change your passwords to something complex (that includes Upper and lower case letters, numbers AND symbols) and do NOT use that same password for different accounts.

Well that is all. Peace out.

New Flashback Trojan Infecting Macs NOW

A new Mac Trojan that can now infect your computer from little more than a visit to a website AND requires NO PASSWORD TO INSTALL is making it’s rounds and promises some scary things!

The exploit was patched in February for MS Windows systems, however Apple has yet to release one for OSX.
Read more about it here.

F-Secure has a method for checking for and removing the infection here.

So once again folks please do not be naive and think you are immune to attack simply because your Operating System is not MS Windows.

Be safe out there.