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Windows-Help.NET Newsletter22 May 1999, Vol 2 No. 21

 Intel Introduces New Processors

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

Intel Corporation this week introduced the 550 MHz Intel® Pentium® III processor. The Pentium III processor is designed to power an Internet experience filled with rich audio, video, animations and 3-D that make information come alive. The 550 MHz Pentium III processor is available now in volume and is being used in systems from several major PC manufacturers, as well as in a boxed format from Intel product dealers and resellers.

"The 550 MHz Pentium III processor enables powerful computers to run the next generation of productivity and media rich applications in modern multitasking operating systems, both on and off the Internet," said Pat Gelsinger, vice president and general manager, Intel Desktop Products Group. "The Pentium III processor's Internet Streaming SIMD Extensions Instruction Set has been a hit with software developers resulting in numerous optimized Web sites and software applications available today."

Last week Intel also introduced the mobile Intel® Celeron™ processor at 366 MHz and the mobile 440MX and 440ZX chipsets, three products that bring increased performance and capabilities to low cost notebook computers. The new Celeron processor 366 MHz is now Intel's fastest processor for mobile Value PCs. With this processor, Intel is also introducing the new Micro PGA processor packaging, which offers more flexibility to system manufacturers and can help them reduce inventory costs.

"We are committed to delivering the building blocks our customers need to help them develop smaller, higher performance notebooks at a lower cost," said Frank Spindler, vice president and marketing director of Intel's Mobile and Handheld Products Group. "This includes faster processors, chipsets and new processor packaging that are specifically designed to address the needs of our customers and end users in the mobile PC market segment."

Prices climbing for LCD screens

Market researcher Stanford Resources this week confirmed that the liquid crystal display industry is experiencing a sharp price rebound, because a shortage of high-quality liquid crystal displays (LCDs) is driving up the price of this critical PC component.

But according to the Stanford report, the supply constraints will begin easing next year, with the addition of manufacturing capacity in Korea and Taiwan.

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Netscape Releases Communicator 4.6
Netscape Communications has released Communicator 4.6. Netscape Communicator includes Navigator browser, Messenger e-mail, Composer, AOL Instant Messenger, multimedia plug-ins and other utilities.

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  Microsoft Security

Patches Available for File Viewers Vulnerability

This is an update to the work-around mentioned in the Newsletter of 15 May 1999. Microsoft has identified a vulnerability that occurs in some file viewers that ship as part of Microsoft® Internet Information Server and Site Server. The vulnerability could allow a web site visitor to view, but not to change, files on the server, provided that they knew or guessed the name of each file and had access rights to it based on Windows NT ACLs

Affected Software Versions:

  • Microsoft Site Server 3.0, which is included with Microsoft Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition, Microsoft Commercial Internet System 2.0, and Microsoft BackOffice Server 4.0 and 4.5
  • Microsoft Internet Information Server 4.0

Microsoft has released patches that fixes the problem identified. More information can be found in these Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles:

Q231368 - Solution Available for File Viewers Vulnerability
Q231656 - Preventing Viewcode.asp from Viewing Known Server Files

Patches are available for Internet Information Server and Site Server

Patch Available for "Malformed Phonebook Entry" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a vulnerability in the Microsoft® Windows NT® remote access service (RAS) client. The vulnerability could allow a denial-of-service attack to be mounted against the client machine or, under certain conditions, could allow arbitrary code to be executed on it.

Affected Software Versions:

  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0

Microsoft has released patches that fix the problem identified. More information and the location of the patches can be found in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article:

Q230677 - Malformed Phonebook Entry Security Vulnerability in RAS Client

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Updated: Fix Hard Disks Running in MS-DOS Compatibility Mode

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Updated: Problems Accessing Windows Update

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