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TWiki Cross-Site Scripting and Command Injection Vulnerabilities


Versions of Twiki earlier than 4.2.4 are vulnerable to code execution
due to improper data filtering.

It is recommended to update to the latest version of twiki, currently 4.3.

It should be noted this is a Priority 1, Severity 1 issue.

Priority 1: This vulnerability is the most severe. It is actively being
exploited, or exploitation is imminent. Other outside businesses or
schools are actively being exploited.

Buffer Overflow and Integer Underflow Vulnerabilities in OpenOffice Writer could lead to arbitrary code execution


"Secunia Research has discovered a vulnerability in OpenOffice.org,
which can be exploited by malicious people to potentially compromise
a user's system.

The vulnerability is caused by a boundary error when parsing certain
records and can be exploited to cause a heap-based buffer overflow via
a specially crafted document.

Sun Solaris 'sockfs' Kernel Module Remote Denial of Service Vulnerability


"Sun Solaris is prone to a remote denial-of-service vulnerability
because of an error in the 'sockfs' kernel module.

Exploiting this issue allows attackers to cause a panic in a vulnerable
Solaris webserver and the system as a whole, effectively denying service
to legitimate users.

This issue affects Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris based on builds snv_41 or

Early Macintosh Snow Leopard Update Sites Lead to DNS Changers


The latest Mac OS X update Snow Leopard is released today. Several faux
update sites have cropped up in the last week offering a pre-release of
Snow Leopard.

Users who visited the sites will install a Trojan DNS changer called

Trend Micro Smart Surfing for Macs is able to detect and block this
trojan from installation.

RSA revealed that the majority of breaches are actually caused unintentionally by employees.


This is an interesting article revealing some research by RSA on insider attacks.  Although malicious insider attacks are high, 19%, the majority of insider attacks are believed to be unintentional, 52%.

"The figures are hard to quantify, but the average annual financial loss to insider risk adds up to $800,000 (£480,000) overall per organisation in the US and between $300,000-$550,000 (£180,000-£330,000) in the UK, France and Germany."

Pidgin Remote Code Execution Vulnerability in MSN plugin


A vulnerability in the MSN plugin for pidgin allows remote users to
execute arbitrary code and/or cause a DoS attack.

Affected Products:

Pidgin prior to 2.5.9
Libpurple prior to 2.6.0
Gaim 0.79 and later
Adium 1.3.5 and prior

Updated versions are available for most OS Vendors. It is highly
recommended to update to the latest version of the product.

Apple releases Leopard update 10.5.8 which fixes varios security vulnerabilities


Thanks to Kevin for the heads up on this one. Looks like Apple updated
Macintosh Leopard to 10.5.8 which in addition to new features, fixes 55
security vulnerabilities in earlier releases.

It is recommended to install these security updates manually, or upgrade
to 10.5.8.