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Content tagged with Vulnerabilities / Threats posted in March 2009
Conficker's April Fools' Day Update Begins With A Yawn
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The worm was designed initially to exploit a Microsoft Windows vulnerability that was patched last October.
Homeland Security Keeps Tabs On Conficker Worm
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The agency's US-CERT team created worm-scanning software for federal and state government agencies, commercial vendors, and critical infrastructure owners.
Spam Is Making A Comeback, Google Finds
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The volume of unwanted messages has been creeping upward at a rate of about 1.2% per day as spammers try to rebuild the infrastructure they lost at McColo.
New Rootkit Attack Hard To Kill
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
BIOS-based hack demonstrated by Core Security Technologies evades antivirus software
Conficker Worm Worries Exaggerated
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
The worm, which attempts to exploit a Microsoft vulnerability that was patched last October, has been evolving.
Top-Down Password Protection
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
New tools can corral administrator-level access, but plan ahead to avoid costly downtime.
DSL Modems Becoming Botnet Zombies
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
Cybercriminals are using the PSYB0T botnet to take advantage of vulnerabilities in the NetComm NB5 modem-router.
Vulnerability Found In Intel CPU Caching
Quick Hits  |  3/20/2009  | 
Flaw could allow attackers to remotely control Intel-based devices or extract data from memory
Safari Hacked... Followed By IE And Firefox
News  |  3/19/2009  | 
Last year's winner of the CanSecWest security conference's Pwn2Own contest repeats his success in record time.
U.N. Agency: Cybersquatting On The Rise
News  |  3/17/2009  | 
New data from the World Intellectual Property Organization, as well as from MarkMonitor, highlights problem of brand abuse online
Binghamton Data Breach Threatens CISO's Position
News  |  3/17/2009  | 
The discovery of documents with students' personally identifying information stored in an unlocked room has launched protests against the university's chief information security officer.
Microsoft Stands By Its Latest Patch
News  |  3/16/2009  | 
The company is defending against claims that its MS09-008 security fix doesn't work and that the vulnerabilities could be used to hijack network traffic.
Netbooks A Source Of Data Leaks If Not Properly Supported
Commentary  |  3/16/2009  | 
The eWeek article "Netbooks Offer Hackers Easy Access to Data" caught my eye. It's a couple of weeks old, but the message is no less clear.
bMighty News Flash: Monday March 16, 2009
News  |  3/16/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Obama announces SMB lending aid, SMB optimism, Web site best practices, Facebook Connect for iPhone, SMBs want SaaS, explosive mobile commerce growth, Windows 7 changes, Cisco's unified computing, iPhone 3,0, Azaleos merges with M3, Reality Digital launches Harmony platform, MyFax offers free service, Facebook traffic growth...
Conficker/Downadup Evolves To Defend Itself
News  |  3/12/2009  | 
Worm develops ability to disable antimalware tools, switch domains more frequently
Finjan Stops Malware At The Gateway
News  |  3/11/2009  | 
SP-6100 midrange appliance spots hidden threats, even in "safe" sources, but it's pricey.
Victims Argue Findings Of Romanian White Hat Hacker Group
News  |  3/11/2009  | 
Impact of HackersBlog's vulnerability discoveries may be overstated, victims say
Feds Still Unable To Share Information, Experts Argue
News  |  3/11/2009  | 
A bipartisan group recommends improving government efforts in areas like national defense, energy security, bio-defense, health care, and cybersecurity.
Symantec Code-Signing Mistake Leaves Norton Users PIFTS Off
Quick Hits  |  3/11/2009  | 
Coding error leads to speculation and conspiracy theories -- but no data loss
Cybersecurity Hearing Prompts Calls For Leadership, Laws
News  |  3/10/2009  | 
A key issue at the hearing was whether cybersecurity should be overseen by the intelligence and military establishment or whether it should also include a role for the private sector.
10 Million PCs Infected With Malware In 2008, Study Says
Quick Hits  |  3/10/2009  | 
PandaLabs report says more than one-third of the infected machines were running up-to-date antivirus software
New Dark Reading Tech Center Highlights Insider Threats
Commentary  |  3/9/2009  | 
Today marks the official launch of the Insider Threat Tech Center, a subsite of Dark Reading devoted to bringing you news, opinion, and analysis of the security threats that come from inside the organization -- and the technologies used to prevent them. This is the first of what we hope will be several Dark Reading Tech Centers, which are designed to provide you with a more focused view of specific issues, threats, and tec
Reports: Security Pros Shift Attention From External Hacks To Internal Threats
News  |  3/9/2009  | 
Majority of IT and security execs say insider vulnerabilities worry them most
Microsoft Patch Day Won't Fix Excel Vulnerability
News  |  3/5/2009  | 
The vulnerability that Microsoft warned about just over a week ago affects files that use the old .xls binary format but not the newer .xlsx format.
Next Generation 'War-Dialing' Tool On Tap
News  |  3/5/2009  | 
Metasploit creator about to release free phone-system auditing tool that can scan 10,000 phone numbers in an eight-hour period
E-Commerce Fraud Leads To Lost Customers
News  |  3/3/2009  | 
Compared with the average consumer, victims of financial fraud are twice as likely to change their shopping, payment, and e-commerce behavior, a Gartner study finds.
New Gmail Flaw Lets Attacker Control 'Change Password' Function
Quick Hits  |  3/3/2009  | 
Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability lets an attacker change Gmail user passwords and hack Gmail accounts -- but Google says it's tough to exploit
P2P Leak Exposes Sensitive Data On Marine One
Quick Hits  |  3/2/2009  | 
Blueprints of president's helicopter exposed via open P2P connection in Iran
Study: Antivirus Software Catches About Half Of Malware, Misses 15 Percent Altogether
News  |  3/2/2009  | 
Newly released data from Damballa finds nearly 5 percent of machines in enterprises are bot-infected

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PUBLISHED: 2020-11-29
An issue was discovered on V-SOL V1600D V2.03.69 and V2.03.57, V1600D4L V1.01.49, V1600D-MINI V1.01.48, V1600G1 V2.0.7 and V1.9.7, and V1600G2 V1.1.4 OLT devices. It is possible to elevate the privilege of a CLI user (to full administrative access) by using the password [email protected]#y$z%x6x7q8c9z) for the e...
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-29
An issue was discovered on V-SOL V1600D4L V1.01.49 and V1600D-MINI V1.01.48 OLT devices. During the process of updating the firmware, the update script starts a telnetd -l /bin/sh process that does not require authentication for TELNET access.
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-29
An issue was discovered on V-SOL V1600D V2.03.69 and V2.03.57, V1600D4L V1.01.49, V1600D-MINI V1.01.48, V1600G1 V2.0.7 and V1.9.7, and V1600G2 V1.1.4 OLT devices. TELNET is offered by default but SSH is not always available. An attacker can intercept passwords sent in cleartext and conduct a man-in-...
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-29
An issue was discovered on V-SOL V1600D V2.03.69 and V2.03.57, V1600D4L V1.01.49, V1600D-MINI V1.01.48, V1600G1 V2.0.7 and V1.9.7, and V1600G2 V1.1.4 OLT devices. Command injection can occur in "upload tftp syslog" and "upload tftp configuration" in the CLI via a crafted filename...
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-29
An issue was discovered on V-SOL V1600D V2.03.69 and V2.03.57, V1600G1 V2.0.7 and V1.9.7, and V1600G2 V1.1.4 OLT devices. A hardcoded RSA private key (specific to V1600D, V1600G1, and V1600G2) is contained in the firmware images.