Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Sep 2017 09:58 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption

Talos recently observed a case where the download servers used by software vendor to distribute a legitimate software package were leveraged to deliver malware to unsuspecting victims. For a period of time, the legitimate signed version of CCleaner 5.33 being distributed by Avast also contained a multi-stage malware payload that rode on top of the installation of CCleaner. CCleaner boasted over 2 billion total downloads by November of 2016 with a growth rate of 5 million additional users per week. Given the potential damage that could be caused by a network of infected computers even a tiny fraction of this size we decided to move quickly. On September 13, 2017 Cisco Talos immediately notified Avast of our findings so that they could initiate appropriate response activities. The following sections will discuss the specific details regarding this attack.

Don't use registry cleaners. They serve no purpose.

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The registry was a bad idea
by yerverluvinunclebert on Wed 20th Sep 2017 09:02 UTC
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It is generally accepted that the registry concept was a bad idea. A single point of failure, accessed by all, almost needs its own os and file system just for maintenance, vulnerable to corruption, massive and badly implemented. Each application having its own .INI file is a valid replacement for all the registry's faults and it was what the registry was designed to replace in the first place.

A good description of the registry's woes:

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