Blue Screen (BSOD) with MS Patch 977165 caused by Alureon Rootkit

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February’s Patch Tuesday was eventful to say the least. Many have noticed that Patch #977165 (Security Bulletin MS10-015) causes a blue screen on some systems (Stop Error: PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA). While the initial outrage was directed at Microsoft for a shoddy patch, eventually it was found that the Alureon Rootkit was the cause of the blue screen… Read more »

Converting MySQL tables from Latin1 to UTF8

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Many content management systems and forums were originally created using the latin1 character set and the latin1_swedish_ci collation in MySQL. The problem many of these systems are facing today is the growing demand for multi-language content using special characters that cannot be accurately represented in the latin1 character set. This is where utf8 comes in…. Read more »

Are people the weak point in IT security?

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Some time ago a co-worker had mentioned someone had been rummaging through her files on her computer. She had expressed some concern over the situation as the files in question were pertaining to a terminated employee. I nodded in sympathy and asked her the following questions: When did this happen? Her response: After she had… Read more »

Malwarebytes Atapi.sys and Registry False Positives

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Last night Malwarebyte’s AntiMalware program detected a false positive of the Atapi.sys driver and associated registry keys. As you may know, Atapi.sys is required by the storage system in Windows, and as such deleting it will render the system unbootable. If you have the reboot on error checked in your system properties, your system will… Read more »