QuickTime Patched, But Still Vulnerable On Mac And Windows

Just a quick note- Yesterday, Apple released a QuickTime patch to cover a couple of vulnerabilities, but this does not patch the new RTSP flaw revealed last week. Mac and Windows are both vulnerable, and you should still be very careful using QuickTime streaming over the Internet. Share:

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Excel Sort-of-0day Affects Mac And Windows

Remember the good old days when vulnerabilities would just affect one platform? Back when there was NO WAY my Commodore 64 could be infected by your TRS-80? It looks like there is a targeted attack going on (where a virus is created and only sent to specific targets so the antivirus companies don’t notice it). It takes advantage of a flaw in older versions of Microsoft Excel. Microsoft’s advisory is here. It’s not the kind of thing most of you will have to worry about unless you become the target, but I’m always interested in 0day attacks and cross-platform vulnerabilities. More from Brian Krebs and the Microsoft Advisory: According to Microsoft’s security advisory, this vulnerability affects Microsoft Excel 2003 Service Pack 2, Microsoft Office Excel Viewer 2003, Microsoft Office Excel 2002, Microsoft Office Excel 2000, and Microsoft Excel 2004 for Mac. People who are using Microsoft Office Excel 2007, Microsoft Excel 2008 for Mac or have installed Microsoft Office Excel 2003 Service Pack 3 are not affected. < p style=”text-align:right;font-size:10px;”>Technorati Tags: 0day, Apple, Excel, Microsoft, Vulnerability, Targeted attack Share:

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On My Curious Relationship With Apple And Security

Security professionals seem to have a strained relationship with Apple these days. Any trip to a security conference shows that more and more security professionals are using Macs on a regular basis. A not-insignificant percentage of the high-end industry types I know shows they all use Macs and iPhones; at home if not at work, often against corporate policy. Yet Apple’s view on security is very… 2001. They do not follow a security development lifecycle. Marketing seems to play too strong a role in security decisions, especially when dealing with researchers. They never finished most of the security features of Leopard, and some products (especially QuickTime) are running at very high vulnerability rates. The first thing we need to get out of the way is that Macs are currently safer to use than Windows XP, even if they aren’t as secure. There just aren’t as many exploits out there in the wild. Vista is more secure, but I find it unusable. This can, and will, change over time as Macs continue to rise in popularity and become a bigger target. Thus, as a security professional I have mixed feelings about Apple. I feel somewhat hypocritical about supporting a company that doesn’t prioritize my bread and butter, but I’m not overly pleased with Window’s UI failings or Linux’s peculiarities. I’ve made the decision to pick the OS that best fits my work and productivity needs, then do what I can to improve the security of the platform. Which gives me three options: Work for Apple. They haven’t called and I’m not waiting. Discover and report vulnerabilities, hoping they’ll get patched. I suck at this, so not the best option. Criticize and constantly pressure them in public, hoping to embarrass them into change. They’ll call me a raving loon, then ignore and marginalize me. Actively engage with the Apple community, give Apple credit for what they get right, and point out where they get things wrong while educating Mac users. This hopefully gains me enough credibility that they can’t simply dismiss me as anti-Apple and I can help the Mac community pressure Apple for needed change. Apple is far from perfect and their security needs a ton of work, but I’m taking a reasoned approach and hoping that by engaging and educating their customers (and thus Apple, indirectly), we can spur change. On that note, I’m off to the Macworld Expo show floor to meet with various vendors (including security vendors) and to play with my new iPhone (yes, I’m weak). < p style=”text-align:right;font-size:10px;”>Technorati Tags: Apple Share:

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