Robert Hensing's Blog

Software Security . . . and stuff.

October, 2008

  • Flash 10 & IE8b2 Per Site ActiveX

    So I've got IE8b2 installed on all of my machines and I've noticed that since installing Flash 10 that all web sites now prompt me before running Flash 10! The new gold bar experience users will see when they install Flash 10 on IE8 is described here...
  • iPhone running WM 6.1?

    Okay - I'm not sure if this is real or not - but the interview itself is hilarious - the questions the woman asks at the end and the kid's responses are hysterical: http://wmpoweruser.com/?p=1330
  • Win7 to officially be called . . . Win7?

    I actually for once - LOVE that we are keeping the name of the OS simple and leaving it at Win7. I will admit - I was somewhat disappointed when XP's name was announced internally (internally it was known as Whistler) and I was downright horrified when...
  • Shostack on "Threat Modeling"

    Adam Shostack is incredibly smart - and he also happens to be responsible for managing the threat modeling aspect of the SDL these days. Here's got a nice 10 page paper here on threat modeling - very much worth the read if you're into that sort of thing...
  • Microsoft SideSight?

    Looks cool: http://www.gearlog.com/2008/10/microsofts_sidesight_something.php
  • MAPP + Exploitability Index == Protected Customers, Better Security Update Prioritization

    Today we officially launched our MAPP program ( http://www.microsoft.com/security/msrc/mapp/partners.mspx ) and at the same time we also started providing exploitability information about our vulnerabilities to the world. These two things are pretty huge...
  • Out of band security update planned for today (MS08-067)

    Updated 10/23/2008 @ 1:17pm EST We have pushed the update live - here's the direct link to the bulletin: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS08-067.mspx (if it doesn't work for you - keep trying - it will be live real soon now). Also...
  • Mass SQL Injection : The Chinese Way

    The blog pretty much speaks for itself: http://www.circleid.com/posts/20081022_sql_injection_attacks_chinese_way/ Client-side browser vulns are of little use without an effective way of spreading them to the victims - unfortunately - it's still relatively...
  • DayCon II / OSU Security Day / SafeCode

    Welp - just got back from speaking at a couple of events in Dayton, OH. First up was THE Ohio State University security day . . . I delivered my 'targeted attacks' presentation which I've been doing for over 2 years now (everything's the same - only the...
  • SmoothHD

    Akamai / IIS7 / SilverLight 2.0 / VC-1 == HD over broadband happiness. It's sort of cool - the video started off a tad blurry and then got sharper after a few seconds and I didn't have a single glitch. Pretty impressive stuff: http://www.smoothhd.com...
  • Flash 10 is out - install it like . . . yesterday.

    If I were a bad guy and I wanted to pwn lots of people via the web - I'd probably focus my efforts on ubiquitous software guaranteed to give me a lot of bang for my buck (like Flash and Acrobat). Software like Flash would seem like a good target given...