Archive for the ‘Viruses spyware and other nasty things’ Category

Windows Steady State

Posted on July 6th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Software/Hardware Reviews, Tech News, Viruses spyware and other nasty things | 4 Comments »

Here is a very nice piece of software. When you get tired of being oh so good to your computer and feel like playing with some dangerous download, or am letting someone use the computer for a while and you know their going to screw the computer up, Windows Steady State is here. What I find very odd…is that its released free by Microsoft, without any fanfare.
But heh, it works and its free. It makes a cache file which includes all the system changes, when you revert, it simply clears the cache.
Check it out: Microsoft Windows SteadState

Microsoft says Safari on Windows isn’t safe

Posted on June 3rd, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Dumb Things That Happen, PSA-Types, Software/Hardware Reviews, Tech News, Viruses spyware and other nasty things | No Comments »

“The Windows version of Safari has a bug that’s been dubbed the “carpet
bombing” flaw. It would allow a Web site to place an infinite number of
shortcuts on a user’s desktop — the default download location in the
Windows version — effectively covering the screen with links to
potentially harmful Web sites or code. The same flaw exists in the Mac
version, except that the default download location in the Mac OS is the
user’s downloads folder.”

(http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2008/05/ah_the_irony_
microsoft_says_safari_isnt_safe_1.html)

Security researcher Nitesh Dhanjani, who found this flaw, contacted Apple about it, and got this reply :

…the ability to have a preference to “Ask me before downloading
anything” is a good suggestion. We can file that as an enhancement
request for the Safari team. Please note that we are not treating this
as a security issue, but a further measure to raise the bar against
unwanted downloads. This will require a review with the Human Interface
team. We want to set your expectations that this could take quite a
while, if it ever gets incorporated.”


(http://www.dhanjani.com/archives/2008/05/safari_carpet_bomb.html)

So, apparently, Apple doesn’t feel that this could be harmful in any way.
What would you think if Safari let your desktop look like this, and get covered in spam, viruses, and other junk?
(Image from Dhanjani)

“Now, Microsoft has issued a security alert
regarding the flaw, calling it a “blended threat.” Microsoft isn’t
supplying technical details about just how the threat works, but does
provide some basics:

What causes this threat?
A
combination of the default download location in Safari and how the
Windows desktop handles executables creates a blended threat in which
files may be downloaded to a user’s machine without prompting, allowing
them to be executed. Safari is available as a stand-alone install or
through the Apple Software Update application.

What might an attacker use this function to do?
An
attacker could trick users into visiting a specially crafted Web site
that could download content to a user’s machine and execute the content
locally using the same permissions as the logged-on user. “

(http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2008/05/ah_the_irony_
microsoft_says_safari_isnt_safe_1.html)

Phorm

Posted on May 16th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Dumb Things That Happen, PSA-Types, Tech News, Viruses spyware and other nasty things | 2 Comments »

For those of our readers in England, heres a post for you guys. Firstly, before we start, if you’ve been reading this blog all this time, we apologize for spelling words in the US way, although some of the spellings make more sense without the -u- in them..but, enough about that.

If you live in the UK, most likely, your ISP is BT and have had dealings with Virgin Media. Chances are…you have a program installed on your computer called Phorm which sits at your computer and reports browsing activity and sends it back to the company. This is such a ridiculous piece of software, that really, if it got installed on my system, I would be writing rant after rant. Instead, however, theres AntiPhormLite, which is a program for XP and Vista that runs in the background generating fake browsing activity. To save up bandwidth, it only loads the text of a page. Pretty much, it lets you do whatever you want, and screws with the company who installed it. As i quote:

Just run it and go and watch TV if you want. Someone somewhere will
assume you like to shop for red shoes and caravans and be rubbing their
hands with glee.

Brilliant! Thank you AntiPhorm

Tool makes mincemeat of Windows passwords

Posted on March 9th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Dumb Things That Happen, Tech News, Viruses spyware and other nasty things | 4 Comments »

“A security researcher has released an easy-to-use tool that accesses
locked Windows computers in seconds without entering a password.

The tool, which was released Tuesday by Adam Boileau, works by
connecting a Linux machine to the Firewire port of the target PC and
modifying the password protection that’s stored in local memory.


The attack exploits a well-known weakness in Firewire that makes it
easy for connected devices to read and write to the memory of the host
machine. Similar hacks work on machines running OS X and Linux (
see here).

Of course, the attack depends on having physical access to the targeted machine, and as most El Reg
readers know, anyone who has physical control of the PC owns it. Then
again, password protections have been a useful way to briefly secure a
machine while a user runs to the bathroom. Until now. As Boileau’s tool
makes clear, such protections can be bypassed in a matter of seconds.”

Read the rest of the article here :

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/04/windows_password_bypass_tool/