Microsoft released KB940510 for Vista; Taking the next step with Windows Vista SP1

INTRODUCTION
This update enables Windows Vista to detect activation exploits that bypass product activation and that interfere with usual Windows operation. An exploit is a form of software that replaces or modifies authentic Windows components. When exploits are present on a system, it indicates that a software or hardware vendor may have tampered with genuine Windows to enable the sale of counterfeit software. Therefore, the security and the privacy of the computer are put at risk. After this update is installed, you will know if exploits are present on the system.

To obtain this update, visit the following Microsoft Web site, or enable the Automatic Update feature to install the latest updates: http://www.update.microsoft.com (http://www.update.microsoft.com)

Note] Installing this update does not affect the functionality of your operating system.

MORE INFORMATION
This update for Windows Vista detects exploits that may be present on a system. An exploit bypasses licensing and activation. This behavior allows for counterfeit copies of Windows Vista to run without ever having to be activated. Activation exploits make alterations to key Windows system files. These exploits affect both system stability and security.

When the update is installed, no functionality of your operating system will be affected. If no exploits are detected, the update silently exits. If exploits are detected, you will be provided a link to a Web site that describes how you can remove the exploits. When the exploits are removed, you may be asked to use a valid product key to activate your copy of Windows. If you do not want to remove the exploits, Windows may disable the exploits and then ask you to use a valid product key to activate Windows.

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APPLIES TO
• Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Business
• Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Enterprise
• Windows Vista Home Basic

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940510

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Related WGA Team Blog article at http://blogs.msdn.com/wga/archive/2008/02/21/taking-the-next-step-with-windows-vista-sp1.aspx

Vista 64-bit SP1 release a glitch, says MS

Yesterday, many sources including ourselves reported that the 64-bit version of Vista SP1 was being distributed through Windows Update. And in fact, it was, and many people have already installed it because of this. As it turns out though, the update availability was a glitch as Microsoft did not intend to push the update out of the door just yet, but was only meant for their ‘technically advanced testers’, namely Technet subscribers and the like.

http://www.techspot.com/news/29137-vista-64bit-sp1-release-a-glitch-says-ms.html

Microsoft posts Vista SP1 to automatic updates for 64-bit systems

Vista SP1 has landed, but not for everyone.  Those using a 64-bit installation of Vista may have noticed a surprise courtesy of Windows Update.  Microsoft has released the 64-bit version of SP1 ahead of the 32-bit release.

There are still very few users actually making use of a fully 64-bit operating system.  If you are, you are likely in the minority of users.

http://vista.blorge.com/2008/02/21/microsoft-posts-vista-sp1-to-automatic-updates-for-64-bit-systems/

via a post at GRC.com newsgroup.  A user with Home Premium x64 and Business x64 of Vista confirmed Vista SP1 was offered via AU.

Symantec Offers Online Backup Solutions

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New Web-based solutions from Symantec aim to make it easy for small and midsize businesses to back up data and be prepared for disaster. Symantec Online Backup and Symantec Online Storage for Backup Exec join recent enterprise offerings from EMC  and CommVault that use software as a service (SaaS) to simplify backup.

http://www.cio-today.com/story.xhtml?story_id=11300B0APVT7

Hacker group releases automated ‘Google hacking’ tool

The Cult of the Dead Cow hacker group has released an open-source tool designed to enable IT workers to quickly scan their Web sites for security vulnerabilities and at-risk sensitive data, using a collection of specially crafted Google search terms.
The group, which refers to itself as the cDc, acknowledged that the Goolag Scanner tool could also be used by malicious attackers to look for vulnerable Web sites. “We’re not stupid,” a cDc member who goes by the name Oxblood Ruffin said. “We know some bored teenagers and criminals will try to exploit vulnerabilities [using the new tool].”

ComputerWorld

Vista reboots after installing Microsoft update KB937287? Microsoft published solutions

Microsoft published the KB article “The update is not installed successfully, you receive a message, and the computer restarts when you try to install an update in Windows Vista” with possible solutions on the issue mentioned at Microsoft Windows Vista Team blog and here.

The article applies to below operating systems.  The update is required also to these systems as prerequisite for Windows Vista SP1 that is scheduled to be pushed next month:
• Windows Vista Ultimate
• Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Enterprise
• Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Business
• Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Home Premium
• Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Home Basic
• Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition

Get Ready for Windows Vista SP1.  Be aware of the known issues and possible solutions.