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Commercial Early Warning Systems to the rescue – sometimes

September 13th, 2006 · No Comments ·

Previously we discussed:

New threats and national warning systems – lessons to be learned

ICTsecurity 2006 Athens – Greece being flooded with cryptoviruses while we talk about awareness raising

Debunking some common myths about better security for home users

What could be the characteristics of a successful Early Warning System?

The last story we had dealt with was:
Debunking mania – early warning systems and better security

When an Early Warning Systems (EWS) is neither early nor helpful enough

In the above posting we outlined what happened last week and the prior week regarding a zero-day exploit of Windows 2000 and Word 2000 using a social engineering attack approach to exploit that particular vulnerability. We reported about the differences across countries in how national early warning systems responded.

This time we focus on the commercial alerting services that sell their offerings for a price to whoever pays. To make this far we took just a recent zero-day exploit this day regarding Firefox.

Here is the release of the code (Sat 2006-09-09) that exploits this vulnerability:
milw0rm – Socketwiz Bookmarks


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