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BlueHat Security Forum: Buenos Aires Edition--Shipping!

Wednesday, March 17, 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 I’m here at the second edition of the BlueHat Security Forum, this time in Buenos Aires. So far it is shaping up to be an immensely successful event.

Update on Security Advisory 981374

Friday, March 12, 2010

Hi everyone, I’m writing to let you know that we have updated Security Advisory 981374 with new workaround information. We are aware that exploit code has been made public for this issue. As with our last update, Internet Explorer 8 remains unaffected by the vulnerability addressed in the advisory and we continue to encourage all customers to upgrade to this version.

Who Gets It and Who Doesn’t? (Windows Genuine Advantage and Security Updates)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Handle: Mando Picker IRL: Dustin Childs Rank: Security Program Manager Likes: Protecting customers, working with security researchers, second Tuesdays, bourbon, mandolins Dislikes: Using “It’s hard” as an excuse, quitting when it gets tough, banjos One of the things I get to do in the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) is talk to our customers and tell them about the process by which Microsoft identifies potential security vulnerabilities in its products, eliminates those vulnerabilities, and provides remediation and information to customers.

Security Advisory 981374 Released

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Hi everyone, Today we released Security Advisory 981374 addressing a publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7. Internet Explorer 8 is not affected by this issue. Customers using Internet Explorer 6 or 7 should upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 immediately to benefit from the improved security features and defense in depth protections.

Security Advisory 981169 Released

Monday, March 01, 2010

Hello again, Today we released Security Advisory 981169 to address the VBScript issue involving Windows Help files that we blogged about yesterday. To reiterate what we said in that post, we are not aware of any active attacks at this time and the following operating systems are not affected by this issue: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Vista.

Out-of-Band Security Bulletin Webcast Q&A - January 21, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Hosts: Adrian Stone, Senior Security Program Manager Lead Jerry Bryant, Senior Security Communications Manager Lead Website: TechNet/security Chat Topic: January 2010 Out-of-Band Security Bulletin Date: Thursday, January 21, 2010 Q: I understand the severity for workstaitons. Is the severity lower for servers in terms of this vulnerability, since most servers (except Terminal Servers) do not use IE?

Assessing risk of IE 0day vulnerability

Friday, January 15, 2010

Yesterday, the MSRC released Microsoft Security Advisory 979352 alerting customers to limited, sophisticated attacks targeting Internet Explorer 6 customers. Today, samples of that exploit were made publicly available. Before we get into the details I want to make one thing perfectly clear. The attacks we have seen to date, including the exploit released publicly, only affect customers using Internet Explorer 6.

Ahn-young-ha-seh-yo & Kon-ni-chi-wa

Monday, November 23, 2009

Handle: Cap’n Steve IRL: Steve Adegbite Rank: Senior Security Program Manager Lead Likes: Reverse Engineering an obscene amount of code and ripping it up on a snowboard Dislikes: Not much but if you hear me growl…run Hi! It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to blog about all the things we have been doing here.

Know thy Enemy

Friday, November 06, 2009

I recently attended BlueHat for the second time and spoke about the SMS vulnerabilities Collin Mulliner and I discovered and exploited this summer. BlueHat is an interesting speaking venue because the audience consists entirely of Microsoft employees. Some people might think security researchers speaking at Microsoft is like speaking before the enemy, but that is not the case (an actual example of that would have been when I talked about exploit sales at CERT a few years ago).

Attacking SMS

Monday, October 19, 2009

This year at BlackHat USA in Las Vegas, we presented on the topic of attacking Short Message Service (SMS). Our presentation focused on the different ways in which SMS can be used to compromise mobile security. We’re excited to give an updated version of our talk at the upcoming BlueHat v9 conference later this month, and thought the BlueHat blog readers who will not be able to attend might enjoy an overview of some key material from the presentation.