Microsoft Releases 5 Security Bulletins
As promised, Microsoft has released
five security bulletins
addressing vulnerabilities that could
allow attackers to take over affected systems.
The company described three as "critical," including
one that closes 10 new loopholes in Internet Explorer. Among the
issues the IE bulletin addresses is the "DHTML Method Call
Memory Corruption Vulnerability," which Microsoft describes
as a "vulnerability in the way HTML object handle unexpected
method calls [that] could allow remote code execution." Code
taking advantage of that flaw has popped up all over the Web in
Other bulletins released on Tuesday address vulnerabilities in
Windows Explorer, Outlook Express, Microsoft Front Page Server Extensions
and the Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) function.
Microsoft Partner Accuses Best Buy of Using
A federal judge has granted Winternals Software's request for a
restraining order requiring that Best Buy stop using unlicensed
versions of Winternals' system-recovery and data-protection software.
The move came after Winternals, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner
based in Austin, Texas, filed a lawsuit accusing the electronics
retailer and its Geek Squad subsidiary of copyright and trade-secrets
Minneapolis-based Best Buy, which recently became the first national
retailer to achieve Gold Certified Partner status, had no immediate
comment on the complaint.
Google Defends Cooperation with China
While in Beijing to unveil Google Inc.'s Chinese name, CEO Eric
Wednesday to complaints about his company's acceptance of Chinese
Activists have complained that since Google launched its Chinese-language
site (www.google.cn) a few months
ago, government officials have blocked searches for information
on Taiwan, democracy and other taboo topics. Schmidt called complying
with Chinese law "the right thing to do," adding that
it would be "arrogant" for Google to tell the company's
government how to operate.
During Wednesday's ceremony, Schmidt also released Google's
Chinese name (Gu Ge) and announced plans to open a major research
center in Beijing.
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Extra, Extra: FrontPage Is (Almost) Dead
Microsoft FrontPage is making headlines again -- this time due to
demise. The company announced this week that it plans to kill
off the Web-authoring program, which it acquired a decade ago, at
the end of 2006. Meanwhile, Microsoft continues working on a set
of next-generation tools for Web developers, Web designers and corporate
Redmond Rescues Rugby in Japan
Japanese rugby officials expect the sport to flourish in their country
for many years to come, thanks
to backing from Microsoft.
Darren Huston, president of Microsoft Japan, acknowledges that
the company doesn't usually sponsor sports, but decided to
do so in this case "to give something back to Japanese society."
The deal includes support for rugby activities for everyone from
grade-school kids to teams in Japan's Top League,
Posted by Anne Stuart on April 12, 2006