| By Susan Bradley |
There are products that need major patching this week, but they aren’t all from Microsoft.
We’re so used to Microsoft programs having security implications if we don’t patch that we forget the many other software programs that can impact our systems.
Even banner ads can harm you
A good headline should grab your attention — it shouldn’t, however, impact your browser. But that’s exactly what some banner ads on Myspace.com were doing last week. These infected ads were using an old Microsoft picture flaw that was patched in January by MS06-001 (912919).
Earlier, Myspace fell prey to another attack in the headline area. The bloggers at ChaseandSam first reported on their site that home pages were getting snippits of code redirecting visitors to another page ostensibly about 9/11. The hacker site was using a Macromedia Flash flaw to exploit systems.
As a result of this, I’ve signed up for Adobe’s security notification service. Adobe has released an update on Mar. 14 to fix the flaw. Be sure you’re using the latest version of Macromedia Flash, which is 188.8.131.52.
For more on the MySpace problems, see Ryan Russell’s column,