Archive for February, 2011

paypal e-mail phishing effort in progress

Friday, February 25th, 2011

As always, the most important rule of thumb is to NOT click on the link provided in an e-mail especially if they are asking for some login credentials. Just access the site directly by typing in the URL in your web browser. Aside – Not sure if the mAssage part is a typo or intended […]

New version of Java released on February 15

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Java version 6.24 was released on February 15. The update includes security fixes and can be downloaded from  –

Windows security event log codes

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The following URL is an resource with codes for Windows Security Events.

Unpatched vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office products – Excel and Power point

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

DIR just provided the notification below on several unpatched vulnerabilities in all current versions of Microsoft Excel and in the 2007 Office version of Power Point.  Exploitation of the vulnerabilities require someone open a malicious excel file (commonly delivered via e-mail attachment but it also could be stored on a web page).   If the user […]

New version of flash released on Feb 8 – current version is

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Adobe released a new version of flash on Feb 8 to address vulnerabilities identified in version The updated version can be downloaded from

Adobe releases patches for Reader version 9 and X (version 10) on February 8

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

On Tuesday, February 8, Adobe released security patches for both version 9 and version X (also known as 10) of the PDF Reader application. It can be downloaded from – Version X includes sand-box features that make it more difficult for malicious PDFs to corrupt or compromise other system files. Links for downloading updated […]

Microsoft patches for February – Advance notice – Summary and deployment recommendations

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Microsoft has announced patches for the month of February.  There are twelve bulletins that will be released on February 8 for all current Microsoft Operating Systems, Office applications and Web browsers.  Three of the bulletins are classified as critical and nine are classified as important. The breakdown of vulnerability classification by operating system is as […]