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Zero-Day Remote Code Execution Flaw Disclosed by Microsoft; Workarounds Issued

Microsoft has disclosed on Tuesday in a Security Advisory a Windows OLE zero-day remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability  in PowerPoint and released a quick fix. The vulnerability impacts all Windows versions, except Windows Server 2003 and it is currently being exploited via malicious Office files that contain OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) objects. "The vulnerability could allow remote code executio...

Four Indicted for Stealing Helicopter Software and Gaming Technology

Four people have been indicted by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) for allegedly stealing helicopter software and gaming technology worth over $100 million, according to a DOJ announcement. Charges included copyright infringement, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit computer fraud, wire fraud, theft of trade secrets and identity theft. Two of the defendants pleaded guilty "As the indictment charges, the memb...

Some Windows 7 PCs bricked by Microsoft after faulty Patch Tuesday update

Has your Windows computer been stuck in an endless Blue Screen of Death hell since last week? Chances are it may be connected to the Patch Tuesday updates that Microsoft issued last week. As ComputerWorld reports, a lengthy thread on Microsoft's support forums reveal that many users have been hit by a so-called "Blue Screen of Death" (BSOD) 0x50 Stop error message. The dodgy update which appears to have cau...

Microsoft Issues Nine Patches for 37 Bugs

Microsoft has issued nine patches for 37 issues in Windows, Office, SQL Server, Net Framework and SharePoint Server, according to the company’s August security bulletin. The advisory patches fix severe vulnerabilities such as remote code execution, privilege escalation and security feature bypass. "The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted...

Microsoft Issues Security Updates for Critical Vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Windows Journal

Microsoft issued new update packages to patch critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Windows Journal, according to Microsoft's July Security Bulletin. Two updates have been rated  `critical,’ three as `important’ and one `moderate,’ by the company, which addressed 29 vulnerabilities in six update packages, from MS14-037 to MS14-042. Photo credit: Microsoft’s Blog "The ongoing diligent work from o...

Microsoft Announces Encryption in Outlook.com, OneDrive

Microsoft added encryption to emailing service Outlook.com and to its cloud storage service, OneDrive, to enhance security of its customers, the company announced in a blog post. “We are in the midst of a comprehensive engineering effort to strengthen encryption across our networks and services. Our goal is to provide even greater protection for data across all the great Microsoft services,” said Matt Thoml...

18 per cent of SMBs Still Use XP, Face Security Risks, Bitdefender Warns

Almost one in five small and medium businesses worldwide are exposed to major security risks as they are still using Windows XP after Microsoft ended support for the operating system, according to a three-month study by antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The research, conducted in countries such as the US, the UK, Australia, Germany, Spain and Brazil, proved that businesses still rely on the legacy Mi...

Remote Code Injection Vulnerability Found on Yahoo, Microsoft and Orange Subdomains

A Remote code injection vulnerability was found on the subdomains of Yahoo, Microsoft and Orange by being escalated from an Unauthorized Admin Access, according to Ibrahim Hegazy's blog post. A fix has been issued for the vulnerability from Yahoo and Microsoft. Hegazy found the Unauthorized Admin Access during his research in the Yahoo Bug Bounty Program, as the administrator panel never requested login cre...

Microsoft Announces Multi-Factor Authentication for All Office 365 Users

Microsoft has added a second layer of login verification to all users of the Office 365 suite and plans to expand it to Office desktop applications, the company wrote on its blog. Multi-factor authentication, also known as two-factor authentication, asks the user to provide extra information to access an account besides the standard password. “Multi-factor authentication increases the security of user login...

Microsoft Admits SEA Hacked Employees’ E-mails

Microsoft confirmed that its staff accounts were hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, according to the Register. The tech giant admitted the hacktivist group managed to not only breach their social media accounts, but also several internal e-mails. This is the second time in a month that the Syrian Electronic Army has hacked Microsoft. The group, which supports President Bashar al-Assad, warned the company...

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