Aug 082008
 


Error “Windows has blocked this software because it cannot verify the publisher” when you try to access a website which tries to install addons or run executables like installation CAB files.

By default Internet Explorer disable running unsigned ActiveX controls. Unsigned activeX controls are programs that tries to execute a command on your PC, like CAB install files or a ZIP file which do not have a digital signature.

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Jun 262008
 


Finjan is one of the security products company that drew my attention this year at InfoSec 2008 in London. The protfolio reminded of Kasperskys early days.

Finjan SecureBrowsing provides you with safety ratings of URLs showing in your browser. Finjan SecureBrowsing is a security extension for your browser that scans and classifies web addresses to provide you with safety rating of URLs before you visit them. Proactively alerting you to potentially malicious web addresses in links of search results, ads and other selected web pages, SecureBrowsing protects you from webpages that could be used to compromise your privacy and identity.

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May 152008
 


Rootkits are program(s)which take fundamental control as Administrator access of a computer system, without authorization by the system’s owners and legitimate managers. Typically, rootkits act to obscure their presence on the system through subversion or evasion of standard operating system security mechanisms. Often, they are also Trojans as well, thus fooling users into believing they are safe to run on their systems. Techniques used to accomplish this can include concealing running processes from monitoring programs, or hiding files or system data from the operating system.

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Apr 232008
 


Coming back to security, today we can have a look at DBAN (Darik’s Boot And Nuke) security tool which helps with full disk data destruction on your PC or servers. Ideally suited for destructing your PC or Server hard disk before recycling or passing it onto a charity.

DBAN is a bootable media (CDROM/Floppy/USB) which boots in and destructs every single Hard Disk that it detects. DBAN can destruct IDE,SCSI, SATA devices.It has support RAID devices but the FAQ clearly states of known problems with RAID controllers. DBAN can support PRNG seeding (Psuedo Random Number Generator) and logs the results onto a TAR file (compressed)

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Apr 192008
 

One of the good useful tools from microsoft is the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyszer. Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) is an easy-to-use tool that helps users to determine the PCs security state in accordance with Microsoft security recommendations and suggests fix security gaps found on the system. Improve your security management process by using MBSA to detect common security misconfigurations and missing security updates on your computer systems. Built on the Windows Update Agent and Microsoft Update infrastructure, MBSA ensures consistency with other Microsoft management products including Microsoft Update (MU), Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Systems Management Server (SMS) and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM).

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