7 Updates coming from Microsoft in July

Friday, July 7th, 2006

We can expect 7 updates next week from Microsoft on the monthly patch day for July. Four of the updates will be for Windows, and 3 for Microsoft Office. There will be at least one critical update for each. It’s expected that we’ll see an update for the Excel issues that have been talked about [...]

Another Microsoft Office Vulnerability

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Hot on the heels of the Microsoft Word patch there’s a new threat to Microsoft Office. This vulnerability is with Excel documents. According to the MS security response center blog, they’ve received one report of a system being attacked by a previously unknown vulnerability in Excel. The moral of the story is to be suspicious [...]

Microsoft February Patch day advance notice

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Microsoft has given advance notice that next Tuesday they will be releasing 7 updates for Windows, as many as 5 of these will be tagged as critical. The Security Fix has a bit on the advance notice as does Sans. Looks like one of the critical updates will be for Media Player, 4 for Windows [...]

Nyxem.E virus delete files payload

Friday, January 20th, 2006

F-secure has some details on a dangerous payload for the Nyxem.E virus. (The Nyxem.E virus is very similar to the Email-Worm.Win32.VB.bi that was talked about earlier in the week.) In fact, this virus seems to be spreading fairly well (not the blockbuster spread of older email viruses, but it is spreading.) Anyway, according to f-secure [...]

WMF exploit vs. Windows 98 again…

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

If you’ve visited here in the last few days, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been trying to test the WMF exploit against a Windows 98 Virtual machine since January 1st. I initially started out with a default install, which didn’t work, (for the exploit), then added irfanview (didn’t work), tried the exploit as a jpg, [...]

Network Security guide for the home or small business network – Part 5 – Update your software

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

Okay – so after the last article you’ve inventoried what software you use on a PC and you know what services (server’s) the pc runs that you’ve told it to. You even know what passes as “normal” startup programs. Now it’s time to put that to use. It’s time to keep up with updates for [...]

Good article on what OpenOffice could learn from Firefox

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

There’s a good writeup on what OpenOffice.org could learn from firefox. It raises some interesting points. One of which is that software can be designed to meet the needs of say, 60% of the market, the framework firefox has for extenstions helps that other 40% find a way that the browser can meet their needs. [...]

The perils of Metadata in documents

Monday, December 5th, 2005

Loose lips sink ships, so the old saying goes. These days documents are emailed back and forth and many times, revisions are made to “polite the text” up or “sanitize” or “redact sensitive information”. With many file formats though, the metadata about the revisions (or even the old versions of the data itself) are still [...]

Microsoft Office tips to annoying little problems

Sunday, December 4th, 2005

PCMag has an article on a number of little puzzling “how do I”‘s in Microsoft Office. It looks like a great listing and worth adding to anyone’s battery of MS Office tips.    Send article as PDF   

OpenDocument format (ODF) versus Microsoft’s opening of MS XML

Monday, November 28th, 2005

There are a couple articles out today (last few days) on the growing conflict between the ODF (Open Document Format) Microsoft’s XML. For starters, the ODF came about as a response/alternative to closed formats such as Microsoft’s. The concept is that it is in the public interest for information to be stored in formats that [...]

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