The importance of patching

You don’t need me to remind you, dear reader, of the importance of keeping your computer up to date. Regular patching and anti-virus/anti-spyware updates have never been more important. But even this cannot protect you 100% from the most determined hacker. As The Register reports, in the three day Pwn2Own contest in Vancouver, a two man team of white hats eventually managed to uncover a vulnerability in Adobe Flash that allowed them to compromise a MacBook Pro computer, then a Windows Vista computer. The team ran out of time to run the hack on a Linux machine but said afterwards that their exploit would also work on OS X and Linux boxes.

The moral of the story is, as always, hidden at the end of The Register’s article: "exploits like this are a fact of life for everyone no matter what kind of machine they chose."

So, for the best chance of staying safe, check your computer is up to date now!

About Allister Frost

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Posted on April 1, 2008, in Computers and Internet. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on The importance of patching.

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