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Month Archives: February 2010

Pulling the curtains wide open…

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Handle: Silver Surfer IRL: Mike Reavey Rank: Director, MSRC Likes: Warm weather, Battlestar Galactica, and responsibly reported vulnerabilities Dislikes: Rain, Rain without end, Clouds with potential for rain, reality TV, and unpatched vulns As you may know, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) EcoStrat blog has served to inform Microsoft customers, security professionals, IT Pros, and developers of the MSRC Ecosystem Strategy Team’s activities.

Using code coverage to improve fuzzing results

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Hi all, I’m Lars Opstad, an engineering manager in the MSEC Science group supporting the SDL within Microsoft. I wanted to share with you some of the ways that we are improving our internal security practices, specifically in the area of file fuzzing. Many fuzzers take a good file (template) as a starting point for creating malformed content.

Snowpacalypse Now (I love the smell of briefings in the morning)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Handle: Avatar IRL: Karl Hanmore Rank: Senior Security Strategist (aka Sergeant Grunt) Likes: Getting the job done, bringing the fight to the bad guys, good single malt whiskey Dislikes: Cowards, talkers not doers, red tape, humidity Handle: Mando Picker IRL: Dustin Childs Rank: Security Program Manager Likes: Protecting customers, working with security researchers, second Tuesdays, bourbon, mandolins

Update - Restart Issues After Installing MS10-015 and the Alureon Rootkit

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hi, We wanted to provide you with an update on our ongoing investigation into the “blue screen” issues affecting a limited number of customers who installed MS10-015. We have been working around the clock with our customers, partners and several teams at Microsoft to determine the cause of these issues. Our investigation has concluded that the reboot occurs because the system is infected with malware, specifically the Alureon rootkit.

Do you believe in ghosts?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

When I was a kid, I had nightmares every week. I still remember some of them vividly, particularly the ones where ghosts were involved. Not the typical ghosts from the movies, but ones that could not be seen, only heard and felt. Why would I be so frightened and still remember them “vividly” today?