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Sunday, April 13, 2008

WinPatrol 2008 ActiveX Beta

Later this week I plan to release the first beta of the next version of WinPatrol, called WinPatrol 2008. This test phase will be limited but you can request access by Emailing Include basic information about your system and any special talents you might have. PLUS members will naturally be given priority but it’s not a requirement.

The big new feature in WinPatrol 2008 will be monitoring and control of your ActiveX components. Even our friends at Symantec recently reported ActiveX account for an overwhelming majority of all browser plug-in vulnerabilities. Microsoft controls made up 79% of the 239 plug-in bugs discovered the last half of 2007. Those problems were followed by Apples’ Quicktime which had 19 vulnerabilities patched last year.

It seems like every week more problems are reported in Quicktime, RealPlayer, Adobe Flash, Sun’s Java or other 3rd party controls. Once the vulnerability is known the risk increases exponentially until a patch is available.

New WinPatrol ActiveX interface
WinPatrol 2008 Beta 1

WinPatrol 2008 takes the worry out of waiting for a patch to become available. When a vulnerability is found Scotty will let you disable or set the “kill-bit” on the appropriate control until a new one is made available.

One of the tasks for each tester will be to go through the list of ActiveX controls and just click on PLUS Info. That will provide us with a list of most commonly used controls so our research department can have data available for all PLUS members by release time. Our research director Robin doesn’t know it yet but we’ll all be working a little overtime.

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Blogger TeMerc said...

As usual Bill, you're always thinking of ways to add more reliable, useful options to offer users.

This is a great idea and an obvious step in the right direction.


1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good on you Bill. I wish I had the know how to be of use in your Beta testing but I'll hang on for the official WP 2008 when ready.

4:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent Bill! Perhaps it can detect/halt the install of Mebroot rootkit? This is a nasty, very professional built rootkit that installs itself in the Master Boot Record and create it's own services, etc. Very hard to elimiate, as "he who boots first has control".
Vern - Michigan

9:47 AM  

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