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Microsoft Discontinues Support For SHA-1

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, March 4, 2019

Known to be vulnerable since 2005, the algorithm will be phased out over the next several months… An article review. Things can move slowly in the world of cryptography, and for evidence of that one needs to look no further than SHA-1–the hash algorithm introduced in 1995, found to be vulnerable to attack in 2005 […]

Increasing Complexity Threatens Software Stability

By Vigilize - Last updated: Friday, November 17, 2017

As lines of code continue to replace humans and physical devices, quality control is essential…and often overlooked. An article review. Looking back over the last decade or two it is easy to see how computers have changed physically as they shrank in size, spreading to our pockets and beyond, but another change was going on […]

When You Accidentally Go Open Source

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, July 24, 2017

32 TB of Windows 10-related source code is now available, for better or for worse… An article review. Releasing the source code for a project has been a common practice among some developers for decades now–proponents say allowing any interested parties to view the code makes for safer systems, preventing sneaky back doors and unintentional […]

Windows Susceptible to FREAK Attack After All

By Vigilize - Last updated: Sunday, March 22, 2015

An article review. Microsoft admits that Internet Explorer is vulnerable to HTTPS hack Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that any Windows computer running any version of Internet Explorer is vulnerable to a FREAK attack. Now the FREAK vulnerability has been around for years; however, it was believed to only affect certain browsers and devices, like […]

The American Monkey Trap

By Dan Hadaway - Last updated: Friday, March 6, 2015

Coming Soon To (or is it from) a Frustrated User Near You! An article about how we 21st Century Americans have been taught to tolerate technologies that do not work. And how that tolerance alone substantially increases risk. And about how we do NOT have to use technology if we can’t find the time to make it “sing.”

Google Updates Chrome to Restore Browser After Microsoft Blunder

By Vigilize - Last updated: Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Google has released updated versions of both the stable and beta versions of its Chrome browser to address an issue that caused Microsoft antivirus products to identify the browser as malware and in some cases, delete the chrome.exe file from users’ computers.

Microsoft Updates for Multiple Vulnerabilities

By Vigilize - Last updated: Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Microsoft has released updates to address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Outlook Express, Microsoft Windows Mail, Microsoft Windows Live Mail, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications.

McAfee Anti-Virus Causes Endless Boot Loop

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, April 26, 2010

According to SANS Internet Storm Center, a recent McAfee anti-virus software update is returning false positives that are causing problems on systems running Windows XP SP3. The problem appears to be that McAfee is flagging the system file svchost.exe as malicious, misidentifying it as a virus named W32.Wecorl.a.

Microsoft Releases Security Bulletin MS08-078

By Dan Hadaway - Last updated: Sunday, December 21, 2008

Microsoft has released Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-078 to address a vulnerability in Internet Explorer. This vulnerability is due to an invalid pointer reference in the data binding function. By convincing a user to view a specially crafted document that performs data binding (e.g., a web page, email message, or attachment), a remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code.

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