Microsoft Security Bulletins: Patch Tuesday, January 2013

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Microsoft has released Security Bulletins for January 2013. This is the first "Patch Tuesday" of 2013 and as we do every month, bringing you details of the security bulletins that get released, along with details of how you should deploy the security bulletins. For Patch Tuesday of January 2013, Microsoft has released seven security bulletins. Out of the seven bulletins, two are rated critical, the maximum severity rating, the rest five bulletins are rated as important, which is the next highest possible severity rating. Six of the seven security bulletins fix issues in Windows operating system, two security bulletins fix issues in the .Net Framework and Microsoft Server Software, and the one left fixes issues in Microsoft Office and Developer Tools. …
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Microsoft Releases December 2012 Patch Tuesday Updates

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Microsoft has released December 2012's Patch Tuesday. The year end's Patch Tuesday has seven security bulletins that fixes vulnerabilities in various Microsoft products. Out of the seven security bulletins, five are rated critical, which is the maximum severity rating by Microsoft. The rest two bulletins are rated as important on the severity rating scale. The seven security bulletins of this month's Patch Tuesday addresses 12 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and Windows Server. Windows RT will also be updated through two different updates (KB2753842, KB2779030), both of them being rated as "critical" in the severity scale. The updates for Windows RT brings improvements to Microsoft Surface which includes increased WiFi reliability, improved connectivity. Performance improvements includes support for access point names that use non standard ASCII characters. The update also reduces scenarios which resulted in limited WiFi connectivity. …
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Mozilla Adds Vulnerable Java 7 Update 7 To Blocklist [Security Alert]

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Mozilla has added Java 7 Update 7 to its add-on block list after it found the plugin vulnerable. This means, if you have Java 7 Update 7 installed on your computer (be it Windows, Linux or Mac), Firefox will automatically block the Oracle Java plugin. Oracle Java 7 Update 7 is admittedly not the latest version of Java, as of now, that is, November 24, 2012, Java 7 Update 9 is the latest version available for download and install. So, if you want to re-enable Java on Firefox, you need to download the latest version of Java and install it. According to Mozilla, Java 7 Update 7 plugin poses a serious risk to the users and thus it had to add the plugin to its blocklist. Mozilla further states that the discovery of the critical security hole in the plugin potentially allows attackers to compromise user's system, and the bug is currently being exploited in the wild. …
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Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit Beta Available For Download

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) is a very popular security app for protecting computers running Windows operating system from malware. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is available both as a freeware and as a paid commercial version with advanced protection features like real-time system protection. But for most users, the freeware version is still very useful to detect malware via manual scan of the system. The parent company behind MBAM, Malwarebytes Corporation, has released another security application, called Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit. Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit is in beta stage of production and may not be suitable for all users. Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit, as its name suggests, is a standalone rootkit remover. The company advertises the product as a "cutting edge technology for detecting and removing the nastiest malicious rootkits." Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit is a portable application, which you can carry around in your portable drives and run. Thus its a very vital application to …
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Norton Satellite App: Scan Local, Dropbox Files, Facebook News Feed For Malware [Windows 8 App]

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Norton Satellite is a freeware Windows 8 App from the house of the security expert Symantec. Norton Satellite scans your files and folders for viruses in your personal cloud or Dropbox account. The free Windows 8 app also keeps your social life on Facebook safe by scanning links in your Facebook feeds. With the help of Norton Satellite you can make sure that the files saved in the cloud, on your PC, or external storage devices are safe before sharing with friends. Read more after the break. …
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How To Protect Your Phone Number On Facebook, Protect Your Privacy

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A recent research by Indian security researcher Suriya Prakash, has revealed that majority of phone numbers of users are not safe on Facebook. The security researcher has claimed that around 83.3 percent of Facebook users are vulnerable. Facebook has also confirmed about the exploit by the researcher and said that it has limited the brute force search attack. The attack is possible because Facebook doesn't limits phone number searches (after the media exposure, Facebook has limited the searches) that can be performed by a user via the mobile version of its website. In fact, any malicious user can abuse Facebook's phone search with brute force search attack, to find people's numbers and along with the name of the person associated with the phone number. What's more concerning is the exploit works even if a person has set his phone number private. The reason for this, in Facebook, if you want to completely hide your phone number, you are required to also change your Privacy …
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Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Security Bulletins For October 2012 Released

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For this month's (October 2012) Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has released a total of seven patches to fix one critical and six important issues found in Windows, Office and some of its other products. If you have set Windows to automatically receive updates, Windows Update must have automatically installed the recommended updates. "MS12-064 (Microsoft Word): This security update resolves two issues in Microsoft Office. This bulletin has a severity rating of Critical and can result in remote code execution. Only one of the two issues addressed by this bulletin is rated Critical, but in that case, an attacker could run code in the context of the logged-on user if they were to open a specially crafted Rich Text Format (RTF) file or previews or open a specially crafted RTF email message," a Microsoft statement reads. …
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ESET USSD Control: Protects From Dangerous Android USSD Vulnerability

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Almost all Android-based smartphones are affected by a dangerous Android USSD vulnerability. The USSD vulnerability allows any malicious users to wipe completely your Android phone remotely, either by directing you to a URL, or through a text message or scan a QR code or NFC tag linking to the malicious website. The USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) codes (a code starting with asterisk *, continuing with hashtags # or digits, which represent commands or data, and ending with a hashtag) are normally used by handsets to communicate with carriers. A common USSD code used by all handsets is *#06# which displays the IMEI number of your device. …
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Download AVG Antivirus Free 2013 Full Redistributable Setup Installer, Now Supports Windows 8

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AVG Anti-Virus is a very well-known and popular antivirus for the Windows platform. At CNET's Download.com, AVG Antivirus Free edition is the second most downloaded antivirus after Avast Antivirus. AVG Technologies has released AVG 2013 line of security products. AVG 2013 comes with Windows 8 support, new user interface, cloud-based security and more. AVG Anti-Virus 2013 Free edition is mainly targeted towards home users and is available as free download. Users of the free edition will receive virus database updates for the lifetime of the product. AVG Anti-Virus 2013 Free is easy-to-use and will not slow your system down (low system resource requirements). …
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