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Microsoft upgrades security tool

Jan 21, 20042 mins

Latest security news.

Microsoft upgrades security tool that verifies system configuration, 01/20/04

As part of the overhaul of its patch management tools, Microsoft on Tuesday released the next version of a tool that detects bad configurations that could leave users open to security vulnerabilities.

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Microsoft’s latest patch raises questions about its tools, 01/16/04

New e-mail worm spreading worldwide, 01/19/04

Beagle 2, the European Space Agency’s Mars explorer, did not have much success with its mission of exploring the surface of the Red Planet. But a new e-mail worm with the same name is apparently having better luck exploring the Internet, according to warnings issued Monday by leading anti-virus software companies.

Slammer: One year later, 01/20/04

One year after it appeared, the Slammer worm, aka Sapphire, is being remembered this week as a watershed moment in the life of the Internet: the sudden appearance of a new type of malicious code that could spread worldwide in minutes.

ISS backs new IPS offering with cash-or-credit guarantee, 01/19/04

Internet Security Systems is so confident that the managed security offering it is announcing next week will automatically block certain network attacks that it pledges to pay customers thousands of dollars in credit or cash if the service fails.

PayPal scam tries to jumpstart Mimail worm, 01/15/04

After releasing a version of the Mimail e-mail worm last week, virus authors are using a tool this week to help it spread: spam e-mail containing a Trojan horse program that, once installed, retrieves and installs the worm.

ISS scoops up content security company, 01/14/04

Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS) moved to bolster its content security capabilities Wednesday, announcing that it purchased content security company Cobion for $33.4 million.

AMD chips include buffer overflow protection, 01/14/04

Advanced Micro Devices’ Opteron and Athlon 64 processors can detect a commonly used attack against PCs connected to the Internet and render it harmless by blocking malicious code from executing, AMD said this week.