Monthly Archives: February 2007

NIST releases three new documents

On February 20, NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) announced the release of the following final publications: SP 800-45 Version 2, Guidelines on Electronic Mail Security SP 800-94, Guide to Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDPS) SP 800-97, Establishing … Continue reading

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Mozilla released Firefox 2.0.0.2 with 7 security fixes and Vista support

On February 23, Mozilla released version 2.0.0.2 of Firefox. Several security issues were fixed and many enhancements and fixes for Windows Vista. The following lists of security issues have been fixed: MFSA 2007-07 Embedded nulls in location.hostname confuse same-domain checks … Continue reading

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RAT: Remote Access Trojan

Remote Access Trojans (RATs) are malicious software programs that criminals can use to control your computer through your Internet connection. A RAT can let a criminal view and change your computer’s files and functions, monitor and record your activities, and … Continue reading

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BootMerlin virus

This is a virus written in MS VisualBasic that modifies the C:\Boot.ini file to display a Spanish message at boot time:   Upon execution, it can also be displaying a Wizard animation “speaking” in the Spanish language: W32/BootMerlin can make … Continue reading

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Microsoft Recognizes Most Valuable Professionals at 2007 MVP Global Summit

REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 22, 2007 — In the wake of the largest product launch in the company’s history, that of the Windows Vista™ operating system, the 2007 Microsoft® Office system and Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft Corp. will host the … Continue reading

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Cool new tool: Windows Vista Hardware Assessment

A few days ago, Microsoft released a very nice tool that finds and determine if computers on a network are ready to run Windows Vista. The good news is that this tool does not require deployement of agent software on … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2005 SP2 available

SQL Server 2005 SP2 available for download at: Download Center. Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000 Service Pack 4; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1; Windows Vista; Windows XP Service Pack 1  

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"Winfixer" and "Errorsafe" through MSN Messenger banner advertisements

Excellent article by Sandi Hardmeier (MVP). Please read: WARNING: Winfixer and Errorsafe being distributed via MSN Messenger banner advertisements.  

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MBSA 2.1 available

 Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) is an easy-to-use tool designed for the IT professional that helps small- and medium-sized businesses determine their security state in accordance with Microsoft security recommendations and offers specific remediation guidance. In order to ensure compatibility … Continue reading

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Do McAfee Consumer Products Support Vista? Yes and No!

Even though McAfee says it’s Vista ready it’s actually not ready too. If you look at the “System Requirements” for their 3 in 1 Protection suite then it only says: Microsoft® Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Windows XP, Windows VISTA … Continue reading

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