Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 28, 2011

LastPass XSS vulnerability found, website and browser add-ons affected – The cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability not only allows nefarious types to see which sites you’ve recently logged in to, but it also provides access your email address and password reminder.

New backdoor Mac OS X Trojan surfaces – There are many good reasons to choose a Mac machine, and among those is surely the fact that malware for OS X still pops up rarely. As Apple slowly but surely increases its market share, we are sure to witness more and more malicious code written specifically for targeting Mac users.

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European Court to Rule on Legality of Used Software Trading – The German Federal Court of Justice referred the question to the ECJ following a legal battle between Oracle and usedSoft, a company that buys and sells used software. Oracle launched the case after usedSoft offered “pre-used” Oracle software licenses online in October 2005. Oracle says that its license agreements with its customers contain provisions to the effect that the software can’t be used by a third party.

Google Doesn’t Hate You, It’s Just Business – The Web seems to be in some sort of an uproar over Google’s recent changes to search results. The so-called “war on content farms” is really just business as usual, though. It is not the first time that Google has tweaked its algorithm, and it won’t be the last.

No support for U.S. Plan for domain name veto – The Obama administration’s controversial proposal to allow national governments to veto proposed top-level domains, such as .gay, is rejected at ICANN.

10 Must-Have Windows Phone 7 Apps for Business – Windows Phone 7 is the new kid on the block among smartphone Oss–odd, considering that tech veteran Microsoft made it. A quick look at WP7’s top apps shows that Microsoft has initially marketed the OS toward consumers. Still, if you want to use your Windows Phone 7 handset for work, you won’t be left high and dry. Here are some of the best apps available to keep you wheeling and dealing.

Google probing lost Gmail messages, contacts – Gmail users complained today of suddenly and mysteriously having lost old e-mail, folders, and contacts, and Google said it was looking into the issue but that the problem did not appear to be widespread.

Company News:


Motorola Xoom Gets Solid Early Reviews Despite Price – Putting aside the somewhat steep $599 price tag (with a two-year Verizon Wireless contract), Motorola’s Xoom has garnered solid reviews from noted industry analysts at its Feb. 24 launch.

HTC Desire Beats iPhone as UK’s Top Smartphone – Apple’s iPhone is no longer one of the top five most popular mobile phones in the U.K., according to uSwitch. According to the comparison site’s Mobile Tracker, which ranks the nation’s favorite handsets based on live searches and sales, the HTC Desire in the UK’s favorite smartphone, closely followed by the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Wildfire.

Control physical and virtual machines on a network – Shavlik Technologies announced solutions that provide an approach to controlling all physical and virtual machines on a network. The company introduced NetChk Protect 7.8 and NetChk vProtect, which are optimized for virtualized environments.

Off Topic (Sort of):


Are Wireless Phones Wiping Our Brains? – A new a brain-scan study published February 22, 2011 in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association shows that a 50-minute cell phone call boosts activity in brain regions where the phone is held.

The social significance is huge. By confirming the “non-thermal” effects of everyday cell phone use, the study once again calls into question current North American exposure regulations based solely on preventing wireless devices from burning their users. This is like saying cigarette smoking is harmless as long as you don’t burn yourself. (submitted by Dar)

Americans and Canadians Get Different Drug Information Online – Americans and Canadians are getting vastly different search results when they look up prescription drug information online, says a study by researchers at the University of British Columbia.

Residents of the United States searching on Google for both brand and generic drug names get directed to the government-run National Library of Medicine. However, Canadians performing the same searches end up getting Wikipedia for generic drug searches, and drug company sites for brand searches, according to the study, published online February 22 by the Annals of Pharmacotherapy. (submitted by Michael F.)

They make you feel good, Apple products – until you try to do something they don’t want you to do – They make you feel good, Apple products. The little touches: the rounded corners, the strokeable screens, the satisfying clunk as you fold the Macbook shut – it’s serene. Untroubled. Like being on Valium. Until, that is, you try to do something Apple doesn’t want you to do. At which point you realise your shiny chum isn’t on your side. It doesn’t even understand sides. Only Apple: always Apple. (submitted by Michael F.)

Today’s Quote:


Here’s something to think about: How come you never see a headline like ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?”

Jay Leno

Today’s Free Downloads:


Enchanted Keyfinder – Enchanted Keyfinder is a Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder fork. It is a utility that retrieves the product key used to install Windows from your registry or from an unbootable Windows installation.

Easy Watermark Studio Lite – The Easy Watermark Studio can add digital watermark (text, image, logo…) to your pictures, protect your photo safety, and avoid them from unauthorized use.

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3 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 28, 2011

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  2. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Re “LastPass XSS vulnerability found….”; I occasionally get cross-scripting warnings from NoScript. Would that help protect against this sort of thing? I use RoboForm2Go rather than LastPass, but no doubt all sites such as these must be prime targets for the black hats.

    BTW I also use Keyscrambler for the odd occasion when I key in info rather than getting RoboForm2Go to fill and submit. Hopefully another layer of protection.

    Kind regards

    • Hi John,

      Assuming there are no vulnerabilities in NoScript then yes – NoScript will pick up on the attack. You and I know however, there are no guarantees.

      You may recall that I have written a number of times on password managers, and that I do not recommend them.