Microsoft blocks Windows Defender ability following major security concerns

Microsoft has blocked the ability to download files using Windows Defender after it was shown how easily it could be used by attackers to install malware onto a computer.  Earlier this year, for reasons yet unclear, Microsoft discreetly added the ability to download files using Windows Defender. When this was publicly recognized, there was grave concern from […]

Windows 10 themes can be abused to steal passwords

Security researcher Jimmy Bayne (@bohops) has revealed that specially crafted Windows themes can be used to perform Pass-the-Hash attacks and steal passwords. Pass-the-Hash attacks are used to steal Windows login names and password hashes by tricking the user into accessing a remote SMB share that requires authentication. A theme’s settings are saved under the %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Themes folder as a […]

28 Antivirus products affected by symlink race bugs

According to a report published this week by security researchers from RACK911, “symlink race” vulnerabilities were found in 28 of today’s most popular antivirus software. RACK911 Labs reports how they came up with a simple method of using directory junctions (Windows) and symlinks (macOS & Linux) to exploit the most popular antivirus programs. A symlink […]

Zero-Day exploit allows file overwriting on Windows

A new zero-day vulnerability has been disclosed for the Windows operative system. This is the fourth exploit disclosed in just as many months by the security researcher under the alias of SandboxEscaper. She first announced on December 25 that on New Year she would release publicly the PoC for a new bug in Windows, however […]