This is an interesting article by Network World which reviews the top patches of 2009. The list was compiled by Qualys' chief technology officer, Wolfgang Kandek and a panel of patch and vulnerability experts to find the five security fixes everyone should deploy from the last 12 months".
For anyone still on Debian 4.0, now is a good time to work on a
migration plan to Debian 5.0. Debian will stop releasing security
updates after February 15th for 4.0.
This is also a good time for Ubuntu users to check their distribution
for similar announcements. Ubuntu is based on Debian.
Here is a new kernel update, unrelated to the last update sent out 9
days ago. It fixes a myriad of new problems including Denial of
Service, Privilege Escalation, kernel panic, file rewrite, and
information leaks to name a few.
It is recommended that RHEL5 systems be updated and rebooted to mitigate
the risk from these issues.
"Affected: Adobe Shockwave Player 184.108.40.2062"
"Secunia Research has discovered four vulnerabilities in Adobe
Shockwave Player, which can be exploited by malicious people to
compromise a user's system.
The vulnerabilities are caused by four integer overflow errors
when processing a certain block type. These can be exploited to cause
heap-based buffer overflows via specially crafted Shockwave files.
Apple released a security update which includes 12 vulnerabilities in
Mac OS X. These vulnerabilities range from DoS, to arbitrary code
All OS X users are recommended to apply this patch as soon as possible.
In order to support BIOS service routines in legacy 16bit applications,
the Windows NT Kernel supports the concept of BIOS calls in the
Virtual-8086 mode monitor code."
"Upon successful exploitation, the kernel stack is switched to an attacker
specified address." This would allow arbitrary code execution with
"Potential security vulnerabilities have been identified with HP Power
Manager. The vulnerabilities could be exploited remotely to execute
References: CVE-2009-3999, CVE-2009-4000
SUPPORTED SOFTWARE VERSIONS*: ONLY impacted versions are listed.
HP Power Manager earlier than v4.2.10"
It is recommended that users of this software update immediately to
This paper is an interesting read from S Mobile Systems on Blackberry malicious applications. Blackberry admins and users should be aware of potentially dangerous third party applications. A good read.
"January 6, 2010
This is the flaw that was key in the 'Operation Aurora' attack on Google
last week. There are several workarounds that could be employed to help
mitigate the attack.
Running with Internet zone set to High, running with Data Execution
Prevention (DEP) or not running Internet Explorer at all will help to
avoid this issue.