Monday, March 30, 2009

Mozilla Firefox 3.0.8

The latest release fixed two security issues:

MFSA 2009-13 Arbitrary code execution through XUL element

MFSA 2009-12 XSL Transformation vulnerability

Friday, March 27, 2009

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5

I couldn't find any differences between AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5 and 8.0. Installing the latest version caused a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) - Stop Error 7E avgldx86.sys on Lenovo IdeaPad S10 runnning Windows 7 Beta. After rebooting, it can't be uninstalled even in safe mode. The previous free version 8.0 works on the same netbook running Windows 7 Beta. In the end, I have to install Avira AntiVir Premium Version 9.

However, AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5 was installed successfully on Lenovo Z61t running Windows 7 Beta. The disappearing functions mentioned in previous post appear again after installation.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 6 Update 13

The latest version fixed several security vulnerabilities:

254569 : Security Vulnerabilities in the JRE LDAP Implementation may Allow a Denial of Service (DoS) and Malicious Code to be Executed

254570 : Integer and Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities in the JRE "unpack200" JAR Unpacking Utility May Lead to Escalation of Privileges

254571 : Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities in the JRE with Processing Image Files and Fonts may Allow Privileges to be Escalated

254608 : Security Vulnerabilities in the JRE With Storing and Processing Font Files May Allow Denial of Service

254609 : A Security Vulnerability in the JRE HTTP Server Implementation May Allow a Denial of Service Condition on a JAX-WS Service Endpoint

254610 : A Security Vulnerability in the JRE Virtual Machine With Code Generation May Allow Escalation of Privileges

254611 : Multiple Security Vulnerabilities in Java Plug-in May Allow Privileges to be Escalated

For privacy reason, you can uncheck "Keep temporary files on my computer".

The bug which does not allow you to uncheck "
Check for Updates Automatically" in JRE Version 6 Update 10 is still not resolved in this version.

But, you can disable JRE Auto-Download and jsched setting in Windows startup using msconfig.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Australian PC User April 2009

  1. Broadband Blockbuster
  2. Piracy Investigation
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Zoner Photo Studio Express 11

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Australian PC User March 2009

  1. What's hot in '09?
  2. Free OS to go

Monday, March 23, 2009

Budget Camera Phone

Bought a Nokia 1680 classic phone for RM225. This is a great basic phone running Symbian OS Series 40 5th Edition LE. Unlike Nokia E51 running the later Symbian OS Series 60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1, you can maintain the contacts in the SIM card without copying first to phone and turn off service messages under the Web -> Service Inbox Settings.
  • Check IMEI - serial number
  • Check firmware
  • Check history - serial number, made date, purchasing date, repaired date & life timer.

Only purchasing date can be edited. If your phone has not been used before, life timer will show 0000:00. This value cannot be changed with restore all. In Nokia E51, only life timer is shown and you can't check the made date.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Personal Computer World May 2009

  1. Speed Up Windows
  2. Network hard drives group test
Cover CD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Agnitum Outpost Pro Security Suite 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Avira AntiVir Premium Version 9

I installed the latest release of Avira AntiVir Premium Version 9 on Lenovo IdeaPad S10 running Windows 7 beta. It offers 2 new features:
  1. Quick Removal eliminates viruses at the push of a button
  2. Netbook Support for laptops with low resolution

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

GPS Maps

Most GPS maps including the free MalSing maps will allow you to search by street name and building. But, if you need to search by post code, you'll need Garmin maps, MySGFree maps or MapKing maps. Also, MySGFree maps and MapKing maps support search by block and road.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Australian APC Magazine April 2009

  1. Inside Windows 7
  2. Build your own Linux distro

Monday, March 16, 2009

Computer Shopper May 2009

  1. Buy a digital camera in 15 minutes
  2. Digitise your media
  3. Play to win
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Paragon Hard Disk Suite

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Webroot Window Washer

You can install Webroot Window Washer from the CD available from Personal Computer World March 2009.

It works with Windows XP/Vista/7 beta and cleans Internet Explorer 6.0/7.0/8.0, Netscape, Firefox, Mozilla, American Online and Instant Messaging. Also, it washes Start Menu and Desktop, Windows System, Recent Activity and MS Office.

It can be scheduled to wash during startup or when you close Internet Explorer. In addition, you can perform free space washing and System Eraser.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

PC Advisor May 2009

  1. Windows 7, XP or Vista
  2. Is the ISP Giving You What You Paid For?
  3. Undercover with the Identity Thieves
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Lavasoft Ad-Aware Pro (90-day version)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Mozilla Firefox 3.0.7

The latest release fixed several security issues:

MFSA 2009-11 URL spoofing with invisible control characters

MFSA 2009-10 Upgrade PNG library to fix memory safety hazards

MFSA 2009-09 XML data theft via RDFXMLDataSource and cross-domain redirect

MFSA 2009-08 Mozilla Firefox XUL Linked Clones Double Free Vulnerability

MFSA 2009-07 Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:

Thursday, March 5, 2009

i-mate JAMA 101 Battery Recall

Dubai-based i-mate has issued the following recall on the battery for JAMA 101 Mobile Phone:

Product Info:
Sold between April 2008 and January 2009 with i-mate JAMA handsets or as accessories for i-mate JAMA 101. Affected batteries can be identified by the model name "i-mate JAMA" printed in blue on the battery label. Batteries that also have "i-mate Jama 101" printed on the label are not affected. Sold via general consumer electronic and mobile telephone outlets including Dick Smith Pty Ltd.

Defect Details: Under certain conditions the batteries have the potential to generate excessive heat. In extreme circumstances this may damage the battery and/or the device, and have the potential to cause fire.

Consumer action: Refrain from charging battery until replacement arrives. Send an email to Your email must include the following information: your name, address, contact phone number, the IEC P/N and Serial number of the battery, and the IMEI number of your i-mate JAMA mobile. Upon receipt and verification of the email your replacement battery will be immediately mailed out to you along with a reply paid satchel. Please return your affected battery to i-mate in the reply paid satchel.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Australian PC Authority April 2009

  1. Hardware upgrade
  2. What's in the Ts & Cs?
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Paragon Drive Backup 9.0 Personal SE
  2. Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 2

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Hakin9 March - April 2009

  1. The Real World Clickjacking
  2. Analyzing Malware

Monday, March 2, 2009

Disabling AutoRun In Windows XP/Vista

If you follow the previous post, the Autorun feature may not be properly disabled. Now, Microsoft has released an update for Windows XP (KB967715). For Windows Vista, you need to download the update KB950582.

After installing this update, follow the procedures below:

Windows XP
  1. Click Start, click Run, type gpedit.msc in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Under Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, and then click System.
  3. In the Settings pane, right-click Turn off Autoplay, and then click Properties.
  4. Click Enabled, and then select All drives in the Turn off Autoplay box to disable Autorun on all drives.
  5. Click OK to close the Turn off Autoplay Properties dialog box.
  6. Restart the computer.
Windows Vista
  1. Click Start, type gpedit.msc in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
  2. Under Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, expand Windows Components, and then click Autoplay Policies.
  3. In the Details pane, double-click Turn off Autoplay.
  4. Click Enabled, and then select All drives in the Turn off Autoplay on box to disable Autorun on all drives.
  5. Restart the computer.