The latest versions of Firefox and Thunderbird have been published, fixing a number of security issues.

Firefox 3.5.17 & 3.6.14 includes fixes listed here.

Thunderbird 3.1.8 includes fixes listed here.

To update either application, click on Help -> Check for updates.


Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Flash Player 10.1.85.3 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Solaris, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1.95.1 for Android. These vulnerabilities, including CVE-2010-3654 referenced in Security Advisory APSA10-05, could cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.


Full Adobe advisory info here.


Affected software includes:


Defensive Computing

by Andy on October 22nd, 2010 in Comment, How to, Security Tips.

Windows is an attractive platform for the malware writers, in part, because of the sheer number of users. As Microsoft creep towards making their offerings more secure, applications are increasingly becoming the focus for vulnerability exploitation.


Like Windows, Adobe products are a default software choice for most users. The bad guys know this and realise that its profitable to scrutinise their applications for exploitable vulnerabilities and create malware to take advantage of the fact.


Firefox 3.6.11 and Thunderbird 3.15 have been released which include security updates for several critical vulnerabilities that can be exploited to run malicious code. Users are advised to update these applications.

Full details about the updates here:

Firefox
Thunderbird

Its a good idea to set these applications to check for updates automatically.


So, you’ve just bought a new PC or installed a fresh version of Windows. The simple fact is it's not as secure as it could be.


It doesn’t take much to tighten up your PC’s defenses - even if your computer has been up and running for a while, it’s not too late to carry out a security audit on your machine.


You probably wouldn’t leave your house without checking the windows are closed and the doors are locked. Why would you do that? Well, to stop someone breaking in and stealing your stuff or to prevent people just walking in and spray painting the walls.


October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month so we thought we'd contribute by providing some practical, easy to digest and useful information on how to strengthen your PC's defences against attacks.

I'll be discussing what to secure and exactly how to do it, focusing on the ‘how’ more than the ‘why’. Just follow along - it’s easy. Here's what will be covered in some upcoming blogs:


I love the idea of people taking control of their PC - it's cool using a computer when you know whats going on under the hood. Its even cooler when you configure your computer to take care of a task more intelligently. And cooler yet when you can show off your new knowledge to someone! Or maybe thats just me...

There's often some confusion about cookies, so here's quick run down on what they are (and aren't), the different kind of cookies the average web surfer should be aware of and how you can configure your browser to deal with them. The information below is by no means exhaustive - if you want to read more, a great place to start is Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie

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