February 24, 2010  3:24 AM

A Tale of Two PCs



Posted by: Ken Harthun
insecure, Internet Explorer, Patch management, Security, Security practice

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September 8, 2009  11:37 PM

Patch Tuesday – Microsoft Fixes Eight Security Flaws



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Critical update, insecure, Microsoft Windows, Networking, Patch management, Patch Tuesday, Remote Code Execution, Security, Security bulletin, Vulnerabilities, Wireless security

All of them are critical, but not a single one of them affects Windows 7, scheduled for release on October 22.

The most dangerous flaw covered by this month’s batch of patches is a remote code execution vulnerability in the way that the JScript scripting engine decodes script in Web...


September 5, 2009  3:03 PM

Good PC Security Begins With a Baseline



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Browsers, Critical update, Firewalls, Malware, Microsoft Windows, NAT, Patch management, Routers, Security

I received some good feedback on my “14 Golden Rules of Computer Security” list, in particular, this comment from Michael: “…you encourage people to go through...


August 12, 2009  12:39 AM

Patch Tuesday – 19 Windows Security Flaws Fixed



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Critical update, Exploits, Patch management, Patch Tuesday, Security, Security management, Vulnerabilities

It’s that day of the month again and this time Microsoft has patched 19 security holes, 15 of which have a “critical” rating. The good news is that none of the vulnerabilities affect Windows 7. As usual, a bunch of the flaws stem from ActiveX controls, probably the worst thing...


January 23, 2009  2:15 AM

Will They Ever Learn to Patch?



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Malware, Opinion, Patch management, Security, Security bulletin, Zero-day vulnerability

The latest mass infection to hit the Internet is the Win32/Conficker/Downadup Worm, estimated to have already infected between 500,000 and 8.9 million PCs, depending on whose numbers you believe. This is astounding, considering that the worm exploits a vulnerability in Windows that Microsoft


December 8, 2008  7:49 PM

Secunia Releases Personal Software Inspector 1.0



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Patch management, Security, Security management, Vulnerabilities

On November 25, 2008, Secunia released the first official version of its Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI). The program had been in beta for 17 months. From the Secunia blog:

"Though the PSI so far has been in beta, it has received a huge amount of praising words like these...


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