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Author Topic: PDF the Most Common Malware Vector  (Read 1259 times)


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PDF the Most Common Malware Vector
« on: March 22, 2010, 10:35 PM »
From Herb Sutter (who got it from Schneier who got it from F-Secure  ;D )

It's almost non-news, because it’s been obvious for years that this was coming. Malware writers target the common programs and formats. Several years ago, I talked to senior developers from a major software company on multiple occasions about memory safety and secure coding, and at the time they weren’t interested because exploits didn’t affect them (yet). As an example, I pointed out: “Look, do you think software like Acrobat Reader needs to care about secure coding? – But of course it does. Isn’t it obvious that it’ll be targeted sooner rather than later?” Moral: If you write popular software, the need for secure coding affects you and your product; if it doesn’t today, it will tomorrow. (Obligatory note: This isn’t just about C and C++. Every mainstream language lets you write exploitable security flaws.)

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« Last Edit: March 22, 2010, 10:38 PM by Eóin »