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posted in November 2005

Apple Plugs 13 Holes In Panther, Tiger

11/30/2005
Apple Computer on Tuesday posted security updates to fix 13 vulnerabilities in the client and server versions of its Panther and Tiger operating systems. Apple does not rank its vulnerabilities, but Danish vulnerability tracker Secunia tagged the entire update as "highly critical," its second-highest alert ranking.

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IE Exploit At Large, Microsoft Urges Scan

11/30/2005
Microsoft is now urging users to run a complete system scan on its new Windows Live Safety Center -- which has a quirk of its own -- to detect and delete malicious software targeting an unpatched bug in Internet Explorer.

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Firefox 1.5 Release Imminent

11/29/2005
The browser upgrade, which has been in beta since August and has gone through three release candidates this month, will be available for free download later Tuesday from the Mozilla site.

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TiVo To Partner On TV Ad Search

11/28/2005
TiVo said Monday that it will partner with big-name ad agencies and media buyers to create a TV advertising search service in yet another effort to reach consumers who use its digital video recorders to skip television ads.

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Opera Patches Flash Flaw

11/23/2005
The Opera 8.5.1 update fixes a weeks-old bug in Flash, which could have allowed attackers to snatch control of a computer by getting users to run a malformed media file.

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Even When Uninstalled, Sony's Rootkit Still Poses A Threat

11/17/2005
A number of Web sites have been found that are capable of attacking PCs left vulnerable after users tried to uninstall a rootkit embedded in Sony's copy-protection software. While the sites could have wreaked havoc, the security firm that discovered them said the intent of the person behind these particular sites seems to be more about making a point than doing harm.

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Microsoft Goes Outside For Phishing Help

11/17/2005
The company is partnering to include new data in its Phishing Filter, a free add-on to Microsoft's MSN Search Toolbar, and in the anti-phishing tools integrated within Internet Explorer 7 for Windows Vista and Windows XP SP2.

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Microsoft Warns Of New Windows 2000 Exploit

11/17/2005
The security advisory gave out few details of the vulnerability, saying that it was a flaw in the RPC component and could result in a denial-of-service attack that would crash affected computers. No patch is available.

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Yahoo, AOL, Others Stand Up Against Adware

11/16/2005
A group of Internet heavyweights, including Yahoo and AOL, are backing a plan that would certify software as adware and spyware free in an attempt to stymie the flood of unwanted software plaguing users' computers.

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Ihub2 Follows Grokster, Goes Dead

11/16/2005
A peer-to-peer filing sharing network used by college students to download music and movies over academia's ultra-fast Internet2 network shut down Tuesday, joining Grokster in the ranks of those closed under legal pressure from the entertainment industry.

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Sony Sued For Rootkit Copy Protection

11/10/2005
Sony BMG Music Entertainment has been hit with at least one class-action lawsuit over its rootkit-as-copy-protection software. The lawsuit claims the software violates two anti-fraud statutes, as well as a third law forbidding placement of spyware in a computer.

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Microsoft Sends Out Flash Alert

11/10/2005
Days after Macromedia posted fixes to its Flash player, Microsoft posted a security advisory directing users of its Windows XP, XP SP2, 95, 98, and Me to the third-party patches. This is Microsoft's first security bulletin for a third -party product.

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Phishers Tempt Users With Bogus Google Prize

11/9/2005
According to Websense, the phish starts with a spammed e-mail that directs recipients to a spoofed Google front page that tells them they won $400, and provides instructions on how to collect the winnings via credit card.

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Your Next IM Could Be Your Network's Last

11/1/2005
A significant rise in instant messaging threats will eventually lead to an automated worm that will strike hundreds of thousands of machines in seconds, IM security firms warn. Of particular concern is the recent big boost in the maliciousness of the IM exploits.

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Apple Updates Mac OS X With 60 Fixes

11/1/2005
The Macintosh operating system was updated to fix 60 flaws in the OS and bundled applications. Even for Apple, which traditionally has handled numerous bugs in any given update, October's total was a new record.

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