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US-CERT warns about free BlackBerry spyware app


A security director from Indonesia has created an application called
PhoneSnoop for the BlackBerry operating system that allows for remote
eavesdropping on phone calls. The software was written as a proof of
concept in order to show possibility attack methods for the platform.

The software would have to be installed through physical access or by
tricking the user.

New smarty packages fix several vulnerabilities


CVE-2008-4810, CVE-2009-1669, Vulnerabilities in Smarty can lead to
remote code exploitation.

Although this vulnerability specifically targets Debian installations,
it is a good time to check your current Smarty version. Also, if you
use Smarty, it is recommended that you subscribe to the Smarty announce
mailing list. This is a low-traffic list that will notify you of new
releases and bug fixes.

Google closes vulnerability in Chrome 3


"Google released Chrome v3.0.195.24 to address a vulnerability that
could potentially be exploited by attackers to execute arbitrary
code. A user would need to visit a maliciously crafted page for the
vulnerability to be exploited. Chrome should automatically update to
the new version."

Thawte no longer offering Free Personal E-mail Certificates and is closing the Web of Trust


It appears that Thawte is closing down the Free Personal E-mail
Certificate program it has been offering over the years due to budgetary

Any certificates offered under the Thawte program will expire on 16
November 2009. Current users will be offered a free, 1 year
subscription for a Verisign certificate. The current price is $19.95/year.

TCP State Manipulation Denial of Service Vulnerabilities in Multiple Cisco Products


Related to CVE-2008-4609 (SA1180), Cisco has reported on which versions
of their Software is vulnerable to this TCP State Manipulation DoS.

This vulnerability could lead to resource exhaustion on Cisco products,
requiring them to be rebooted in order to continue service. These
products are affected.