Security Bytes:

August, 2008


August 27, 2008  3:58 PM

Security-stuffed Internet Explorer 8 beta 2 now available

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

Microsoft has just released Internet Explorer 8 beta 2 this afternoon. As I wrote earlier this week, this release of IE is filled to the gills with new privacy and security features, so much so that it looks to me to be as...

August 26, 2008  10:10 AM

Microsoft makes privacy a priority in IE 8

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

Microsoft is planning to add a significant number of privacy enhancements in Internet Explorer 8, including a new private browsing mode called InPrivate. The list of new features addressing privacy concerns is impressive...


August 22, 2008  11:12 AM

Intrusions hit Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers; some OpenSSH packages compromised

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

The maker of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora said that hackers have gained access to key servers in what appear to be two separate incidents. Red Hat Inc. found last week that someone had compromised several Fedora...

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August 21, 2008  4:11 PM

Pwnie Awards video is online

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

The guys behind the Pwnie Awards at Black Hat have posted a video of this year's ceremony, which was full of hilarious moments. The highlight is Dan Kaminsky's reaction to winning the Pwnie for most overhyped bug for his DNS discovery. Let's just say he was less than happy about it. The


August 21, 2008  2:38 PM

Is vulnerability research still necessary?

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

The recent publicity surrounding the DNS cache-poisoning vulnerability and other high-profile bugs has had the unfortunate effect of dragging the battered, bloated corpse of the full-disclosure debate back above ground. Like a lot of other people in the industry, I've completely lost my taste for...


August 19, 2008  4:00 PM

Judge tosses gag order against MIT students

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

Every once in a while things work the way should. Not often, but sometimes. Tuesday was one of those times, when a federal judge in Boston threw out the gag order that had prevented three MIT students from...


August 18, 2008  2:56 PM

Researcher Matt Miller joins the Microsoft security team

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

Several years ago, the idea of hiring security researchers to work at large software companies was something of a novelty. Vendors such as Microsoft, Oracle Corp., IBM and others took a dim view of this, reasoning that there was no way to know whether someone who was prone to breaking their...


August 14, 2008  4:20 PM

Hackers take over Discovery Channel on Prototype This!

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

You have to hand it to Joe Grand. He's clearly got this whole work thing figured out. Grand's day job as the head of Grand Idea Studio Inc. is essentially to sit around and come up with clever ideas for new products and then help build them. His company...


August 13, 2008  11:26 AM

Russian cyberwar! Yes, no, maybe so?

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

The specter of cyber-warfare has been looming over the Internet since its earliest days. Once people figured out that they could send malicious traffic to remote computers, it was only a matter of time before discussions turned to how this could be useful in the context of military operations....


August 12, 2008  2:28 PM

Software security is all grown up (or at least walking on its own)

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

The software security sector has become one of the more crowded and diverse markets in recent years as vendors with application scanners, static-analysis tools, pen testing teams and hordes of consultants have raced to address the need for better, more secure software. This task once was the...


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