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szellin has Secunia gone ballistic?
Member 12th Aug, 2010 20:58
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Yesterday I had no threats today I have 21.

On this computer secunia says I have a security threat on mozilla firefox 2.0.015. yes this program is in my add delete programs but so is mozilla firefox 3.6.8. Why doesn't secunia just remove the 2.0.015 as I think it is useless but does it provide a security threat? If I do delete it will it mess up the 3.6.8?

I am no software genius.

In addition it shows multiple listings for 8 other programs.

What is happening with Secunia?



Anthony Wells RE: has Secunia gone ballistic?
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@szellin ,

The PSI will only advise you whether a programme has a security vulnerability or not ; it will neiter upload , install or delete anything on it's own . It will give you advice and links to help/solutions , only you can decide to take action .

You can safely delete the old version of Firefox from "add/remove" .

To deal with your other problems , i will post some instructions in a few minutes .

Anthony

As promised , here is a copy of Maurice Joyce's most excellent instructions for using te PSI in "Advanced" mode . Once you have read/applied/used them post the details of your problems here :eg : OS , version of the PSI , the "installation path" to each problem , etc . :-

Quote : Maurice Joyce :
SETTING UP PSI IN THE ADVANCED MODE
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Are U using the latest version of PSI that has the added feature of automatic updates for some programmes? If not,and U would like to try it the download link is here:
http://secunia.com/PSISetupAUTP.exe

Whatever version U currently use try this:

1. Open PSI by clicking the System tray icon or right click the icon & select Reload Interface.

2.Select the OVERVIEW tab.

3. In the top right corner U will see INTERFACE MODE - SIMPLE/ADVANCED. To be in the advanced mode the word SIMPLE should be blue and advanced black.

4. If advanced is blue click it. A message about advanced users may appear - ignore it - using the advanced mode is easy.

SETTING UP PSI FOR MAXIMUM ASSISTANCE
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

1. Click on the SETTINGS tab.

2. The top box should be empty & the two remaining boxes ticked.

3. Right at the bottom is a facility to create Global Ignore Rules. By default PSI scans & publishes the results on all the hard drives of a PC. OEM partition (reinstallation) drives (normally drive D),second internal or external drives SOLELY used to backup your work & C:\Windows\i386 which can be ignored as they have no exposure. To save confusion in the future (by way of "false positives") U may consider it a good idea to create some Global rules now.

4. A separate Ignore Rule is required for each drive which can be set up as follows:

a.Click on CREATE IGNORE RULE

b.In the RULE NAME BOX insert something like MY BACKUP DRIVE (MY PARTITION DRIVE)

c.In the RULE BOX type D:\(or the drive letter U wish to ignore) - For folder i386 use C:\Windows\i386.

d.Click SAVE IGNORE RULE>CLOSE

All drives will continue to be scanned by default but the result from the ignored list will not be published.

This thread has an article by @Anthony Wells that may also be of help in understanding the advanced mode:

http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/375...

It does not contain details of the auto update feature but that is very simple to use. There is a list of programmes under AUTO UPDATES - just tick (check mark) any U want PSI to auto update for U.

If a new Forum Member U might find these interesting reading as well:

http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal...

http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal...


Update 6 18:08 22/07/2010

EDIT : all links repaired

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