CRN Security News

  • Worm Attacks Symantec Enterprise Antivirus
    A "significant" worm is successfully attacking unpatched Symantec enterprise antivirus software because companies focus too much attention on Microsoft's flaws and ignore those from other vendors, according to eEye Digital Security.
  • Sturdier Botnets Mean More Spam In 2007
    The late 2006 appearance of durable botnets was a tipping point in the back-and-forth battle against spammers, according to an industry analyst, who predicted that spam will continue to gain ground on defenses.
  • Microsoft Patches Windows XP Wireless, Tells No One
    Microsoft quietly posted a Windows XP SP2 patch to make surfing public wireless hotspots safer, but did not include it with the December security updates released Tuesday and has not posted it as a download from Microsoft Update.
  • 'Rustock' Trojan A Model For Future Threats
    The tactics used by a sophisticated threat of 2006 -- the Rustock trojan horse -- will become staples in exploits during the year to come, according to a Symantec researcher.
  • IBM ISS: Don't Apply Proventia Update!
    IBM Internet Security Systems is warning customers not to apply an update the vendor issued Wednesday for its Proventia G-Series line of intrusion prevention appliances.
  • Microsoft Issues Trio Of Critical Patches
    In its December patch release, Microsoft issued seven fixes, including three critical patches that address remote execution vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Visual Studio 2005 and Windows Media Player.
  • Congress Passes Appropriation Bills
    Congress signed budget appropriations for the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security into law last month, with $448 billion allocated to the DoD and $34.8 billion to the DHS for 2007.
  • Security Hype Part 2
    Security threat warnings once again hit the headlines last week as Trend Micro questioned why security researchers would issue vulnerability alerts on security flaws the Tokyo-based vendor said it patched weeks earlier.
  • Briefs: December 11, 2006
    SurfControl has drawn a suitor. The security vendor last week said it has been approached by an unnamed firm in a move that "may or may not result in an offer for the company." SurfControl said its board is considering its response to the overture, as well as "other strategic options," and will update shareholders when appropriate. SurfControl officials couldn't be reached for comment.
  • Vista's high requirements and a memory pricing hike could hurt

    VARs Might Not Like This Trip Down Memory Lane
    A hardware crunch is hovering like a cloud over the PC space, as Microsoft's forthcoming Vista operating system is demanding historic levels of memory— and memory pricing increases may be looming on the horizon.