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  • Attackers hit computers that manage Internet traffic

    Several of the "root" servers that serve as the backbone of the Internet were targeted by digital miscreants Tuesday in the most significant attack in five years, though there was no major damage. 

  • Web apps remain a trouble spot

    Cross-site scripting and code injection have become even bigger development issues than buffer overflows. George Hulme reports the new threats to your Web applications. 

  • Critical Apple flaw discovered in Mac OS X

    Attackers can exploit the flaw remotely to compromise a user's system via the Safari Web browser. 

  • Abobe fixes critical flaws

    Adobe Reader 8 fixes flaws attackers could exploit to launch cross-site-scripting (XSS) attacks. The flaws relate to errors in how the program handles .pdf files. 

  • Adobe Reader users urged to upgrade

    The vendor said Adobe Reader 8 fixes serious flaws attackers could exploit for cross-site scripting and other attacks. It urged users to upgrade as soon as possible. 

  • Adobe Reader flaws spook security experts

    Security experts sound the alarm over Adobe Reader flaws that could be exploited for cross-site scripting attacks and other mayhem. 

  • Apple QuickTime flaw could enable botnets

    Attackers could exploit a new Apple QuickTime flaw to grow their botnets by tricking users into visiting malicious Web sites, and then hijacking their machines. 

  • MySpace, YouTube successes open door to Web 2.0 dangers

    Web 2.0, and Ajax in particular, are introducing new threats to life on the Web. Many people are rushing to add interactive features to their Web applications using Ajax, but as columnist Mike Cobb explains, security has often been overlooked. 

  • Big security fixes for QuickTime, Flash Player

    Apple and Adobe warned that attackers could exploit multiple flaws in QuickTime and Flash Player to run malicious code on targeted machines. 

  • Unpatched Windows flaws affect Help Viewer

    Updated: Proof-of-concept exploits demonstrate how attackers could crash vulnerable machines or launch malicious code. But the flaws aren't nearly as serious as recently exploited Microsoft glitches.