Friday, 23 July 2010

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Running Windows? Shut off shortcut icons.


Trend Micro’s ConterMeasures:

On the 16th of July Microsoft released Security Advisory 2286198 confirming an as yet unpatched vulnerability in Windows Shell that exposes all users of all current versions of Microsoft Windows to very real risk of attack and infection.

According to Microsoft “The vulnerability exists because Windows incorrectly parses shortcuts in such a way that malicious code may be executed when the icon of a specially crafted shortcut is displayed.”  So what does that mean in plain language?

It means that if any user of Microsoft Windows opens a folder containing a shortcut which has been designed to exploit this vulnerability, they will be infected.  No opening of files required, simple browsing is enough.

Although Microsoft have stated that “This vulnerability is most likely to be exploited through removable drives” users should be on their guard against all shortcut files whose authenticity they cannot guarantee.  This same vulnerability could be exploited though contaminated file shares or something as simple as a malicious compressed archive such as a zip file.
Or a malicious shortcut on a web page, or even an Office document(!).[1]

At this time there is no patch to fix this available. Microsoft does have a workaround here; applying it makes Windows display a generic icon rather than the application’s special one.

This exploit was first discovered in a trojan targeting Siemens SCADA control systems, but has now been spotted in the wild.

Elsewhere:
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[1] LATER:  More detail, from SANS Internet Storm Center:
The exploit is triggered every time a folder containing a malicious LNK files is opened (for example, with Windows Explorer).  It does not matter where this folder is – it does not have to be on a USB device, but in order to execute to malicious binary, the attacker has to specify its location correctly.

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Wednesday, 21 July 2010

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M.I.A. at the Indianapolis 500


Frank W. James has a put up great rant on the state of the IZOD Indy Car Series.  Too many good quotes to pull; just go read ’em both:


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Monday, 19 July 2010

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Not that she needs MY help or anything...



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Tuesday, 13 July 2010

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Nifty, nifty, Etch A Sketch is 50



Via:  Dr.Helen

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Wednesday, 07 July 2010

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Return for regrooving


Tam, struck by a horrible thought:

...Is the phone going to ring and I’m going to answer it and say “I have miles to go and promises to keep,” in a flat monotone and then go do something horrible, like vote for Andre Carson, all because of some crap they taught me in second grade?
Yep, that’s pretty horrible, all right...

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Monday, 05 July 2010

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#39: Murphy is alive and well



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Saturday, 03 July 2010

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Latest word from the climate kitchen



And a reminder:   “Consensus” isn’t the same as truth.

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Friday, 02 July 2010

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Green where it shouldn’t be


Frank James spots an anomaly:

...You notice there are more than a few plants out there that have withstood the glysophate treatment and appear as healthy as all get out.

... I'm pretty sure it was soybeans last year, so there is zero chance those healthy plants represent “volunteer” corn from last year.

So, where did these healthy Round-Up tolerant plants come from?

From the seed bag.  This disaster perfectly illustrates how the seed companies are passing off impure seed to farmers who later get accused by our good ole corporate buddy, Monsanto, of pirating their precious seed and technology.
He has a picture, too.

You know, if our local newsies were interested in something besides shilling for the progressive agenda, somebody just might find the makings of a story here.

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