WinXP MS10-015 Restart Issues - Rootkit

Microsoft on Thursday confirmed that the blue screen of death issues that affected a slew of users after the latest batch of Patch Tuesday updates is the result of an existing infection by the Alureon rootkit.

There was widespread speculation after the patch release that simply installing the MS10-015 update was causing the BSOD condition on some Windows 32-bit machines. However, Microsoft said at the time this was not the case and started an investigation into the problem.

Spam Jumps to 3 Billion Messages Per Day

Last year was an interesting year in the security industry in a number of ways, but perhaps none more so than the monstrous increase in the volume of malicious spam. In the second half of 2009, the number of spam messages sent per day skyrocketed from 600 million to three billion, according to new research.

For some time now, spam has been accounting for upwards of 90 percent of all email messages. But the volume of spam had been relatively steady in the last couple of years.

Apple Patches 12 Serious Mac OS X Flaws

Apple's first Mac OS X security update for 2010 is out, providing cover for at least 12 serious vulnerabilities.

The update, rated critical, plugs security holes that could lead to code execution vulnerabilities if a Mac user is tricked into opening audio files or surfing to a rigged Web site.

With Security Update 2010-001, Apple also fixes flaws in the Adobe Flash Player plug-in that ships with the operating system.

Here's the skinny of the vulnerabilities:

* CoreAudio (CVE-2010-0036) -- A buffer overflow exists in the handling of mp4 audio files.

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