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Potential Threats Through Softwares

Posted by Sravan | July 10, 2008 .

Although this hasn’t much to do with RIAs, you might find it important.

Account stealing trojans are now entering our computers through Adobe Flash Plug-ins as well. While internet users are increasingly becoming aware of security, attacks on computers are becoming ingenious and malicious by the day. One form of such attacks targets vulnerabilities in softwares.

The usual anti-virus softwares only perform scans to discover whether a system has already been compromised. They don’t notify us when a critical security vulnerability has been discovered in, say Adobe Flash Player. Potential threats do not come within their purview, though such a day might not be far off. And it is impossible for us to stay tuned with news about vulnerabilities in each of the softwares on our system.

This is where Secunia enters the picture. Secunia Software Inspectors — PSI and NSI — supplement anti-virus softwares by notifying and offering solutions to software vulnerabilities.

PSI (for PCs) is a light tool which, unlike anti-viruses, is not resource intensive. After a scan — two or three minutes — it lists all the softwares that are vulnerable, and offers a patch that can be downloaded to solve each issue. If a software goes undetected by Secunia, it can be submitted for investigation.

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Flash Player is a prominent member of the softwares it inspects. Secure your computer with Secunia immediately.

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  1. John Dowdell  July 10, 2008 9:08 am

    … or just keep your internet software current. Doesn’t require buying something extra from a press release.

    jd/adobe

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