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Oracle Squashes Old Java Runtime Security Bug

Oracle has addressed a long-standing security flaw in the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). Known variously as "the Mark-of-the-Beast," "the Magic Number," and "the Floating Point of Death," the bug causes the JRE to hang when parsing strings like "2.2250738585072012e-308" to a binary floating point number.

Black Hat: How iPhone, Android, Other GSM Phones Are Vulnerable To Attack

A demonstration of an attack against an Apple iPhone at the Black Hat Technical Security DC 2011 Conference in Arlington, Va., demonstrated that software in many GSM-based smart phones contains vulnerabilities that could open the phones to remote exploits.

Report: Hackers Shifting Attention to Mobile Devices

Scammers have set their sights on tablets and smartphones, and away from Windows desktops, in response to rising consumer demand for mobile devices.

Consultant Alleges FBI Had Backdoors Installed into OpenBSD

A former FBI consultant claims the FBI had backdoors installed in the OpenBSD operating system to allow the agency to eavesdrop on virtual private networks used by U.S. attorneys nearly a decade ago.

Microsoft: Java Worse Than PDF as Security Threat

Java should be considered a top software security threat, even more so than Adobe PDF files, according to Microsoft's announcement issued today.

Microsoft Releases Patch for ASP.NET Flaw

Microsoft released an "important" patch to address an information disclosure security vulnerability associated with ASP.NET systems.

Microsoft To Release Out-of-Band Patch for ASP.NET Security Flaw

Microsoft plans to release a patch on Tuesday for a security issue associated with ASP.NET systems.

UPDATED: Security Hack Exposes Forms Authentication in ASP.NET

Flaw in AES encryption allows tool to crack Machine Key values used to encrypt cookies in 30 to 50 minutes. Microsoft offers guidance on limiting exposure.

HP To Acquire Fortify

Hewlett-Packard Co. today said it is acquiring security software vendor Fortify Software Inc. for an undisclosed amount.

Adobe Reader and Microsoft IE Top Web Security Concerns

The majority of Internet security threats come from unpatched vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat/Reader and Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser.

IE's Market Share Stabilizes in May

Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser showed a U.S. market share gain in May compared with competing browsers.

U.S. IT Pros Concerned About Cloud Security

Nearly half of U.S. IT professionals surveyed believe that the risks of cloud computing outweigh its benefits.

'Critical' Off-Cycle IE Patch Released

Microsoft today released its second "critical" off-cycle patch for Internet Explorer this year.

IE 8 Hacks Slowed by Windows Safeguards

Even a fire-proof safe needs additional protective measures, and Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7 is no different.

Google Launches Free SkipFish Tool for Web App Security

Last week Google released SkipFish, a no-cost, open source "security reconnaissance tool" for Web-based applications.

Microsoft Issues Workaround for IE 6 and 7 Flaw

Microsoft published a workaround for an in-the-wild vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6 and 7, described last week.

Cryptographers Warn About Security Dangers in the Cloud at RSA

Researcher says read the fine print before connecting to the cloud.

Report: IE 8 Leads in Malware Protection

A Microsoft-funded report found that IE 8 outperformed four other browsers in protecting against socially engineered malware.

RSA Wrap-Up: Feds Push Greater Security Awareness

The heavyweight lineup of government representatives at last week's RSA Conference raised many questions -- but few answers -- about how best to fight cybercrime.

RSA: Report Reveals 7 Cloud Computing 'Sins'

The Cloud Security Alliance on Monday released the results of a security study identifying the "seven deadly sins" of cloud computing.

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