Thursday, May 31, 2007

Tools of the Trade - Crazy Catnip Batman!

Cats, from our domestic companions to lions and tigers, are exquisitely susceptible to a volatile oil found in the stems and leaves of the catnip plant.

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On to the tools....

1) On May 31st, PaweĊ‚ Pokrywka released Etherbat. Etherbat is a Linux application that uses ARP & MAC spoofing for mapping local networks. It is limited to wired network and does not work on wireless.

2) On May 30th, MITRE released HoneyClient V0.9.7. A honeyclient is a dedicated host that drives specially instrumented applications to access remote servers to see if those servers are behaving in a malicious manner. Specifically, honeyclients can proactively detect exploits against client applications without known signatures.

3) On May 30th, Mozilla released Firefox 2.0.0.4. This update includes enhanced Vista support and fixed several security issues.

4) On May 29th, Paint .NET 3.08 Beta was released. This is mostly a service release that fixes some bugs, while also improving keyboard / accessibility cues for some dialogs.

5) On May 27th, 7-Zip 4.47 Beta was released. 7-Zip is a open-source file archiver with a high compression ratio. Check the changelog for all the details.

6) On May 27th, ClamWin 0.90.2.1 was released. ClamWin is a Free Antivirus for Microsoft Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and 2003. This maintenance release includes a re-written MS Outlook Plug-in and further improvements.

7) On May 25th, AVG Free Edition 7.5.472 was released. This update makes small improvements to the update process.

8) On May 25th, Tor 0.1.2.14 was released. Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. This new version changes the addresses of two directory authorities (this change especially affects those who serve or use hidden services), and fixes several other crash and security related bugs. See the changlog for all the details.

9) On May 23th, Cain & Abel v4.9.2 was released. Improvements include the following:
  • Added PTW WEP cracking attack.
  • Added Windows Vista support in Wireless Password Decoder.
  • Wireless Password Decoder now uses DLL injection under XP.

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