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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Closer look on Swizzor

We were analysing a recent version of Swizzor – an Adware which Avira detects as TR/Dldr.Swizzor.Gen – and after getting past the first encryption layers of the software, we stumbled over a few interesting strings in the malware. Quite obviously … Continue reading

Release of Avira AntiVir 10

Today we will release version 10 of Avira AntiVir. The new generation of malware protection software from Avira offers a pile of new features and is even easier to manage than the versions before. Many users waited for Avira AntiVir … Continue reading

The Browser Choice Reloaded (Update)

A little more than a week ago Microsoft started delivering a new Browser Choice for Windows to be compliant to the European Union law. There are plenty of web browsers to choose from, and my colleague Sorin Mustaca recommended Firefox. … Continue reading

Back to the roots in the online pharmacy spam

In the beginning of 2003 we received the first spams which consisted largely of recent news. Back at that time, SPAM was created this way in order to bypass the widely used Bayesian filters. During the last 7 years, a … Continue reading

Fix-it-Tool for IE-0-day

For the current vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6 and 7 which already gets actively exploited on the net, Microsoft is already testing a patch. The company is still considering whether to release the patch on the regular Patchday or out-of-band. … Continue reading

Twitter Spam: Getting slim with slim URLs

In October 2009 we were writing about twitter spam and I was trying to make a brief definition of this kind of spam: It follows a lot of users , has 1 post and is followed only by a few … Continue reading

Exploit Code for IE 0-day vulnerability

Exploit code for the the zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer has been added to the Metasploit framework. According to an email HD Moore wrote to ZDNet’s Ryan Naraine, the exploit works quite reliable – successful 50% of the times on … Continue reading

Microsoft Patchday – 8 vulnerabilities fixed

On March 2010 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released just two security bulletins. One is about 7 flaws in Microsoft Excel, which affect all supported versions of the software – including the format converters and MS Office for Mac. The other one … Continue reading

PDF-Exploit for recently closed security hole

Adobe released version 9.3.1 of Reader and Acrobat mid February. These versions fix a vulnerability which allows attackers to inject malicious code by luring victims into opening specially prepared PDF documents. Avira saw malicious PDF files appearing in the wild … Continue reading

The Browser Choice

A Windows Update is available to users who are located in member countries of the European Union allowing for choosing a different standard browser for the system. The update is available for download through Windows Update. The Update creates a … Continue reading