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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 recent weeks.

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 Unlicensed Software
A federal judge has granted Winternals Software's request for a temporary 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 violations.

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 Schmidt responded Wednesday to complaints about his company's acceptance of Chinese censorship.

Activists have complained that since Google launched its Chinese-language site ( 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 its impending 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 "information workers."

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


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