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Month of Apple Patches




Month of Apple Patches
Month of Apple Patches



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=== CONTENTS ==================================================
IN FOCUS: Month of Apple Patches

NEWS AND FEATURES
   - Attacking Vista: From Proof of Concept to Actual Exploit
   - Cisco Strengthens Mail Offering with IronPort
   - Backup and Recovery Basics
   - Recent Security Vulnerabilities

GIVE AND TAKE
   - Security Matters Blog: At Least 11 Unpatched Vulnerabilities in 
Microsoft Products
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   - Share Your Security Tips

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=== IN FOCUS: Month of Apple Patches ==========================   by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net

Recently, someone announced that a new Apple-related security bug would 
be posted every day for the month of January (see the URL below). The 
stunt comes on the heels of other such projects, dubbed Month of Kernel 
Bugs and Month of Browser Bugs. There was also a proposed Month of 
Oracle Database Bugs, but that stunt never came to fruition. 
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You might have read my recent Security Matters blog article in which I 
questioned whether this relatively new "month of bugs" trend is 
stupendous or just plain stupid. If you missed it, you can read it at 
the URL below.
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The problem I see with these events is that they place millions of 
computer users at severe risk. The alleged motives for launching these 
events vary, but it seems to me that they're primarily publicity stunts 
designed to draw attention to the operators of the events. If that 
weren't the case, then the bug publicists would at least post their 
bugs anonymously. Furthermore, if they really cared about the overall 
effects of their bug reports, they'd be more responsible with their 
disclosure methods instead of leaving people vulnerable while vendors 
scramble to fix the bugs. 

At least some people out there have a conscience. In response to the 
recent launch of the Month of Apple Bugs (MOAB) comes the cavalry 
riding to the rescue, led by Landon Fuller, former Apple engineer.

Fuller found out about MOAB and decided that it would be a good 
exercise and public service to fix the bugs while waiting for official 
fixes from Apple. So day by day, as the new bugs are posted, Fuller 
works to find ways to fix them and subsequently releases patches. 
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In addition to Fuller's work, William Carrel stepped in to set up a 
MOAB Fixes group at Google where MOAB patch coordination is taking 
place. There you can find open discussion along with the patches 
released so far. The group is accessible at the URL below.
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Apple will undoubtedly release its own patches for the bugs in the near 
future. However, so far the company hasn't said anything publicly about 
possible patches or the MOAB project. Although Fuller formerly worked 
at Apple and is helping to fix the bugs on his own, he stated that he 
hasn't heard anything from Apple regarding MOAB or his patching 
efforts. 

I think that the work of the people who are now involved in patching 
the issues made known by the MOAB project is admirable. The people who 
launch these "month of bugs" stunts could take a lesson in public 
service from the example being set. But will they? I doubt it. 


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=== SECURITY NEWS AND FEATURES ================================
Attacking Vista: From Proof of Concept to Actual Exploit
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Windows platforms that affects the Client-Server Runtime Subsystem 
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in the new year, an anonymous person posted a working exploit to the 
Full Disclosure mailing list.
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Cisco Strengthens Mail Offering with IronPort
   Cisco will acquire IronPort Systems, which makes a range of 
appliances that help companies defend themselves against email- and 
Web-based attacks. 
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Backup and Recovery Basics
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Chernicoff shows you how to begin creating one for your company.
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Recent Security Vulnerabilities
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=== GIVE AND TAKE =============================================
SECURITY MATTERS BLOG: At Least 11 Unpatched Vulnerabilities in 
Microsoft Products 
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