Category: Security

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Report: Microsoft fastest to issue OS patches, Sun slowest

Symantec’s comprehensive security report on the malware industry from July 1 to December 31, 2007, is now available (PDF) in its 100+ page glory. While some parts of the report simply reiterate data we’re well aware of – it’s no surprise to read that the majority of malicious activity originates in the US – there’s also a great deal of new information here that...

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Apple takes longer to patch security vulnerabilites

Apple’s teasing commercials that imply its software is safer than Microsoft’s may not quite match the facts, according to new research revealed at the Black Hat conference on Thursday. Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology looked at how many times over the past six years the two vendors were able to have a patch available on the day a vulnerability became publicly...

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s Vista SP1 for TechNet and MSDN subscribers!

Kevin Remde: The product team decided to give you TechNet and MSDN subscribers a little Valentine’s Day gift by making SP1 available for download. Go to the http://technet.microsoft.com/subscriptions/default.aspx page. Notice the “Top Subscriber Downloads” section. You can also go here to get it – For TechNet Subscribers For MSDN Subscribers And if you’re a subscriber, it will require you to log-in with the Windows...

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Windows Vista SP1 Update Available via Microsoft OEM site

It looks like Microsoft has posted the final Vista SP1 bits to their OEM site which is accessible to anyone that registers. The file is a 1.13GB .img which combines the 32-bit and 64-bit update executables into one image: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now available for download. Windows Vista SP1 will deliver improvements and enhancements to existing features that significantly impact...

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Vista SP1 will be distributed via Microsoft Update

Windows Vista SP1 will be released as an update on Microsoft Update (MU). The patch is very large and there is a bug in Windows Server 2003 in the WinVerifyTrust API that will cause signing validation to fail. What this means is that once you approve this update on a System Center Essentials 2007 server on a Windows Server 2003 server, every time the...

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Office 2003 Service Pack 3 coming in thirty days to Microsoft Update

The Microsoft Update Product Team has given a heads up that Office 2003 SP3 will bve available from Microsoft Update automatic distribution (for Vista and XP) approxmiately thirty days from January 27th. SP3 was released for Office 2003 customers about four months ago. The reason they have said approxmiately thirty days from January 27th is because the availability will happen gradually and not everyone...

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Vista SP1 Due In Coming Weeks

The wait is nearly over for the first service pack for Windows Vista, according to sources close to Microsoft. Microsoft has said the highly anticipated service pack would be out in the first quarter of this year, but some say it could be available in the next few weeks, more than a month before the quarter ends on March 31. A Taiwanese news outlet...

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Microsoft accidently allows WinAntivirus Pro to install and run on Vista

Microsoft accidently allowed a well known malware by the name of WinAntiVirus Pro to become compatible with Windows Vista when they released their monthly Application Compatibility Update. This can raise many potential problems for Vista users if this malware gets through. WinAntiVirus is a form of the WinFixer malware. It displays false information confusing the user into believing that their PC is infected with...