3/25/2005

Trillian IM flaw exposed

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Researchers have reported a vulnerability in the Trillian instant messaging application, adding to the rapid development of IM-related security threats.

Workers at LogicLibrary, a company that makes software development tools, including programs designed to catch bugs before applications go into production, said they have unearthed a potential flaw in the IM client made by Cerulean Studios.

According to LogicLibrary, the vulnerability could allow malicious-code writers to do anything from shutting down individual programs on computers running Trillian to gaining complete control of a machine’s operating system.

The company said the flaw in Cerulean’s software, revolves around an unbounded buffer problem in Trillian 3.1, the latest version of the application. However, LogicLibrary said the issue springs from a vulnerability it first found and reported to Cerulean in the Trillian 2.0 release of the IM software.

LogicLibrary said it began contacting Cerulean regarding the issue in 2003 but believes that future versions of Trillian failed to eliminate all the software’s flaws. The company believes that the same code that made Trillian 2.0 vulnerable has been copied directly into Trillian 3.1.

Source: News.com

Phishers target Yahoo Users

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Yahoo confirmed Thursday that their service, Yahoo Messenger, was being targeted by a scam. Attackers are sending members a message–seemingly from someone on their friends list–that contains a link to a fake Web site. This fake site looks like an official Yahoo site and asks the user to log in by entering a Yahoo ID and password. If this data is entered, the attackers can gain access to any personal information stored in their profile, including their contact list and IM friends list

Source: TechRepublic

Sony May Unite Blu-ray Disc, HD-DVD

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

After more than a year of touting Blu-ray Disc as the best technology to replace DVD for storing high-definition video, a top executive at Sony, one of Blu-ray’s major backers, has opened the door to the possibility of unifying the format with its arch rival, HD-DVD.

“Listening to the voice of the consumers, having two rival formats is disappointing and we haven’t totally given up on the possibility of integration or compromise,” Ryoji Chubachi, Sony’s president-elect, said at a news conference Thursday in which he discussed the company’s performance and future strategy.

Source: PC World

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