Data Security Podcast Episode 61 – July 14 2009

30 minutes each week on data security, privacy, and the law….(plus or minus five)

On this week’s program:

* A double whammy…. two critical zero day attacks hit users of Microsoft products.

* A non-profit security group has a plan to fight web drive-by downloads.

* Our take on this week’s news.

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Show Notes for Episode 61 of the Data Security Podcast

* Conversation:  StopBadware.org is a non-profit security group with a plan to fight web drive-by downloads. We spoke with Maxim Weinstein, the Executive director of the project. They will help you if your site is blacklisted, and they are looking for help from the security community in uncovering and fighting web drive-by downloads.

* Tales From The Dark Web: Two Zero Day Attacks in the news this week-

ActiveX  Video Flaw.  Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerability in Microsoft Video ActiveX control could allow remote code execution. Option 1, apply the work around in the Microsoft Advisory, or upgrade all systems to Microsoft Internet Explorer 8. This Zero Day impacts users of Windows XP and Windows 2003 running IE6 or IE7. UPDATE: Microsoft’s “patch tuesday” (monthly patch cycle by Microsoft) includes a fix for this issue

Microsoft Office. Read the detailed SANS Internet Storm Center Alert: Vulnerability in Microsoft Office Web Components Control Could Allow Remote Code Execution.  There is a long list of Windows products impacted by this flaw. Be sure to go through the Microsoft Advisory.

* From The News: Does Google Know Too Much About You?  Read the details in Ian Paul’s story in PCWorld.

* From The News: Point; at Foxnews: Wireless Cybercriminals Target Clueless Vacationers.  Counter Point;  Summer Time, and Wireless Fear Mongering Is in the Air by Glenn Fleishman at WifiNetNews.

A non-profit security group has a plan to fight web drive-by downloads. That’s in our interview segment later in the show.

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