Tag Archives: Security

Microsoft Paladin – Automated Vulnerability Analysis

This is a good post from Microsoft’s Threat Research & Response Blog (on the Microsoft Malware Protection Center site), hinting at their technology to speed the analysis of vulnerabilities. Its a toolset called Paladin. From the blog post:

The motivation behind this work is to automate the otherwise laborious process of analyzing exploits, indentifying malicious input bytes quickly, identification of how shell code is executed and, basically, to narrow the search space for further manual analysis. The ability to respond quickly to an emerging threat event is critical in our space. It is with all of this in mind that we have created a toolset we refer to as Paladin which helps support rapid and scalable vulnerability analysis.

Source: Threat Research & Response Blog

This is research only at this point, although it is making its way into the next beta version of the Forefront Threat Management Gateway product.

A timely response to threats is exactly what’s needed (see our last post), and this technology sounds like a step in the right direction.

For more about Microsoft Forefront Security tools click here.

Microsoft Forefront

(via One Microsoft Way)

When Browsers get hacked

Perhaps not much will be said about the recent browser hacking exploits of IE8, Safari and Firefox since all three of them were hacked within an hour. But you can bet if only one of them had been exploited it would have been a free for all of name-calling and lack-of-security marketing guff from the competitors.

Should we be worried that IE8 (for example) was hacked in under 30 minutes? Or what if it had been the only one hacked and the others immune?

The answer is no, we shouldn’t be worried about the exploits being found. The real question is how quickly the exploits are fixed. The test of a good company is how quickly they respond to their customer’s needs.

What we’d ideally like to see is a competition that reported how quickly a company patched their product and made it available for general release.

And as for the hacking competitions – keep them coming. They provide a valuable service to consumers.

(via Seattle PI)

IE security

This month’s security updates indicate that IE6 has a few problems (Critical rating), and IE7 is looking pretty good (just Important rating). Further, if you were to base your view solely on the numbers you could be fooled into thinking that IE8 is a more secure browser (as some have been) due it not having any patch this month.

Whilst we’d love to believe that, the reality is far more likely to be that hardly anyone is using it yet, and thus no significant security flaws have been discovered so far. Give it time we say.