According to a brief article in the Government Computer News (GCN), an IT publication aimed at federal, state and local governments in the U.S, Microsoft, on February 1st, announced a one month development stop on new coding, in order to concentrate on fixing bugs in existing software, one of the first visible signs of Microsoft's new "Trustworthy Computing Initiative", launched a few weeks earlier with an e-mail from Bill Gates.
The article quotes Richard Purcell, head of Microsoft's corporate privacy office as saying that Microsoft chairman Bill Gates "is really annoyed by the incredible pain we put everyone through in computing." (how does that sound?)
Richard Antony Burton published an example of the latest privacy flaw to hit MSN Messenger, one that will list your name & contacts from Messenger. You can access the page here. He also listed a workaround, which basically is one of the recommendations I gave in an article I published back in October 2000 under the title "How to surf the Internet more safely with Internet Explorer"....
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Unchecked Buffer in Telnet Server Could Lead to Arbitrary Code Execution
Microsoft has posted a patch for Windows 2000 and Internix 2.2 that fixes a vulnerability in the telnet protocol.
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Part Two: Tips to get your upgraded Windows XP system sharing files with your other Windows computers, your way! Article Microsoft Posts Windows XP Application Compatibility Update
Microsoft has shipped the second "Compatibility Update" for Windows XP (applies to both Home Edition & Professional version), which is designed to add compatibility with various consumer-grade software packages.
This denial of service vulnerability that may allow remote attackers to crash or disrupt affected versions of BlackICE Defender and BlackICE Agent desktop firewall/intrusion protection products, and affected versions of RealSecure Server Sensor.
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