Microsoft warned users Thursday of a zero-day flaw affecting Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, occurring ironically in the Windows Help and Support Center, that could enable hackers to launch malicious attacks.
Specifically, the security flaw, first detected and published by Google researcher Tavis Ormandy, occurs in the Windows Help and Support Center. The bug is accessed through the protocol handler and can be triggered through all major browsers.
Other Windows platforms, including Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 are not affected by the bug or vulnerable to attack.
"It can be triggered through all major browsers, but as Tavis points out, it easier to exploit under IE7," said Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer for Qualys, in a blog post.
Today, we're announcing the completion of a new web indexing system called Caffeine. Caffeine provides 50 percent fresher results for web searches than our last index, and it's the largest collection of web content we've offered. Whether it's a news story, a blog or a forum post, you can now find links to relevant content much sooner after it is published than was possible ever before.
Some background for those of you who don't build search engines for a living like us: when you search Google, you're not searching the live web. Instead you're searching Google's index of the web which, like the list in the back of a book, helps you pinpoint exactly the information you need. (Here's a good explanation of how it all works.)
Windows Live Essentials includes Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Writer, Sync and Family Safety. Essentials is available for free and in many cases may already be installed on your PC with Windows. If not, you can get it from http://download.live.com.
The keyword for the introduction of Mozilla Firefox 3.5 was speed. That helped start a whole new race in which Firefox led early, but fell soon behind Apple Safari, Google Chrome, and later even Opera. Now with even Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 looking to erase the speed gap, and then some, a newly published Mozilla developers' page characterizes Firefox 4 -- whose first public betas may be only a few weeks away -- as feature-laden.
Enhanced security features, built-in WebM video, and new support for standards-based animation -- including live, GPU-rendered 3D -- are all part of the new feature list for Mozilla's next browser.
Microsoft has already started building Windows 7’s successor, a release referred to as Windows 8, but the company is keeping all details under a tightly closed lid. This is, of course, of no surprise, especially considering that the company is mum on Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), which, by all accounts, is much closer. Market analysis firm Gartner is telling business customers not to wait for Windows 8, especially if they continue to be running Windows XP.
Gartner is advising customers to start planning for the migration to Windows 7 by the end of 2010. Fact is that, while XP might seem to still have a lot of life left in it, companies need to start upgrading long before extended support will be discontinued in April 2014. This can happen in the context in which planning and testing for the move to Windows 7 starts as soon as possible. According to Gartner, customers still leveraging XP need to dump it by 2012.
In mid-March 2010, Microsoft started the discussion on the first service pack for Windows 7. While announcing that the successor of Windows Vista was poised to get nothing more than a minor upgrade with SP1, the Redmond company did indicate that new features would be introduced, but focused on Windows Server 2008 R2. Because they share the same core, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will receive a single service pack together. However, based on the actual operating system, customers will be able to enjoy features such as RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory, or not.
Both RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory are reserved for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, with Microsoft having yet to discuss the evolution of the Windows client. However, participants at next week’s TechEd in North America will have a chance to attend no less than two sessions focused on Windows 7 SP1, or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, according to Microsoft.