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How to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs using Secunia Personal Software Inspector


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#1 TutorialBot

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 04:24 PM

A new tutorial titled How to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs using Secunia Personal Software Inspector was added by BleepingComputer.com. Please use this topic to discuss any aspect of this tutorial.

A brief excerpt of the tutorial can be found here:

A common attack method for hacking attempts and malware installs is to exploit known vulnerabilities in programs that are commonly installed on a person's computer. These vulnerabilities could allow a remote user or malware developer to install malware, keyloggers, and backdoors on to your computer without your knowledge or permission. Some of the programs that are commonly exploited include Adobe Shockwave, Adobe Reader, Sun Java, Adobe Flash, and even Windows itself. Therefore it is crucial that everyone remain vigilant as to when a security vulnerability is found in our installed programs and to update it when a security update is released. Unfortunately, no one has the time to stay on top of these updates, which can happen frequently. Thankfully, Secunia has released a program called Secunia Personal Software Inspector that can be used to scan your computer for known vulnerable programs, provide information on the vulnerability, and provide a location to an update for the vulnerable program. This tutorial will walk you through downloading, installing, and using Secunia PSI so that your computer can remain secure.

We hope you find this tutorial helpful.

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#2 Layback Bear

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 09:09 AM

I download and installed the program and run a scan. I did it because it is in our tutorials. It went very smooth. The scan found that I.E. 8 needed a Adobe Flash updated. I did as instructed and the Adobe Flash Player updated easier than I have ever got Adobe anything to update. Thanks TutorialBot and Bleeping Computer. I have one more program (Bonjour) that I have to check on. So far it works great. I have been looking for a program that does what this one does.

Edited by Layback Bear, 27 August 2010 - 09:11 AM.


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Posted 27 August 2010 - 10:35 AM

Just a little update. I remove Bonjour and I get a 100% safe. That means that everything is gone or patch if a patch is available.

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 03:01 PM

Pretty good little tool...alerted me some critical updates that were not installed on this particular system.

I think I will keep installed :thumbsup:.

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 03:14 AM

I got in installed on demand only. Good mourning.




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