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7 Most hacked software of 2009


Forbes compiled a list of the seven Most-Hacked software titles for 2009.  They took a survey of security professionals from various companies including Verisign, TippingPoint, iDefense and Qualys.  Based on this survey, Forbes found that the following were the most hacked software titles from 2009.

Gnome Screensaver authentication bypass vulnerability (Ubuntu, maybe others)


This reminds me of the days of Windows 95/3.1 where you could bypass the
screensaver just by hitting the right sequence of keys.

This vulnerability specifically targets Ubuntu, but may be applicable to
other installations of v2.28 as well.

Testing the exploit under Fedora 11 and 12 does not duplicate the issue.

It is recommended for Ubuntu users to update their machines to the
latest version of gnome-screensaver to avoid this issue.

RHSA-2009:1659-1: Moderate: kvm security and bug fix update, guest could cause DoS of host machine


A moderate security vulnerability could allow a malicious user on a
guest VM to cause a DoS attack on the underlying host.

This patch also updates a few other non-security related bugs in the
software as explained at the above link.

It is recommended to update to a version of KVM that includes these
security fixes.

NTP mode 7 denial-of-service vulnerability


A simple 1 byte payload spoofed UDP packet could cause a DoS between two
ntp servers. The packet will cause the two ntp servers to bounce the
information back and forth, eventually exhausting resources.

"This issue is addressed in NTP 4.2.4p8."

It is also probable that this issue affects both systems and hardward
NTP appliances.

New Facebook Privacy settings could share more information than you want


Facebook has just released some new privacy settings.  Make sure to read them carefully to understand how they are being shared.  If you haven't locked down your Facebook account, now is a good time.  Watch the video in the above article to see how you might be at risk.


Moderate: expat security update


"Updated expat packages that fix two security issues are now available for
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, and 5."

"Two buffer over-read flaws were found in the way Expat handled malformed
UTF-8 sequences when processing XML files. A specially-crafted XML file
could cause applications using Expat to crash while parsing the file.
(CVE-2009-3560, CVE-2009-3720)"

Important: acpid security update


"An updated acpid package that fixes one security issue is now available
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5."

"Before applying this update, make sure that all previously-released
errata relevant to your system have been applied."

This flaw could lead to a local or compromised user to escalate privileges.

It is recommended to update this package.

Attack exploits just-patched Mac security bug - Java Runtime Environment (JRE)


A proof of concept (POC) has been released that targets unpatched
Macintosh systems.

"If you haven't installed the latest security update for Mac OS X, now
would be a good time."

This is related to the security alert sent out yesterday [NET #1379]: