Information about items pertaining to Windows Security

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for September 2010 – Issued: September 14, 2010

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With the release of the bulletins for September 2010, this bulletin summary replaces the bulletin advance notification originally issued on September 9, 2010. For more information about the bulletin advance notification service, see http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/advance.mspx.

Adobe Zero-Day Strikes Again

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For the second time in nearly a week, Adobe Systems is warning users about a zero-day vulnerability under attack.

What is Patch Tuesday?

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Patch Tuesday is the second Tuesday of each month, the day on which Microsoft releases security patches.

SecurityOrb.com Deal of the Week – Samsung NP-N130-JA01US Refurbished Netbook from TigerDirect

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The SecurityOrb.com deal of the week comes from TigerDirect.com . It is a refurbished Samsung NP-N130-JA01US Netbook with a webcam and Windows 7 Starter.

New threat: Hackers look to take over power plants

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Computer hackers have begun targeting power plants and other critical operations around the world in bold new efforts to seize control of them, setting off a scramble to shore up aging, vulnerable systems.

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-046 – Critical

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Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-046 - Critical Vulnerability in Windows Shell Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2286198)

Electric Grid Vulnerabilities Exposed

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Computer networks controlling the electric grid are plagued with security holes says a new Energy Department report based on the findings of 24 assessments of computer-control systems performed between 2003 and 2009. Many are VERY basic.

Microsoft Plans Emergency Windows Patch for Monday August 2nd

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Microsoft stated they will issue an emergency patch for the critical Windows shortcut bug on Monday, Aug. 2. The patch is set to be released on Monday at around 10 a.m. California time. The news of this vulnerability surfaced 2 weeks ago and with an of attackers trying to exploit this vulnerability, Microsoft has taken an out-of-band approach to fix the problem. To date SecurityOrb.com has learned a few companies were comprimised by this bug.

VMWare Fusion on Mac OS X: How to shutdown Windows when it is hung

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I have been running VMWare Fusion with Windows XP as my guest OS for some time on my MacBook Pro. The other day, Windows XP while shutting, just hung as it seems to do from time to time on regular PC-based installed. I spent 2-days, waiting for it to complete. I even used the: VMware Fusion menu bar > Virtual Machine > select Power Off But it seem by using: VMware Fusion menu bar > Virtual Machine > press the option key and select Power Off It is the equivalent of pulling the plug out of the wall and it worked. Hope this will help someone out as it did me. Kellep

Internet Explorer 8 blocks a billion malware downloads

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James Pratt, Microsoft’s Product Manager stated in a blog post , “The SmartScreen team just informed me that we’ve reached an amazing milestone – Internet Explorer 8 has blocked 1 billion attempts to download malware!”