IE’s hidden buttons

Even having used Internet Explorer 7 for about 18 months, I just discovered something new. IE has a hidden status bar, with four security-related buttons on it: Right next to where the zone is shown are a series of six boxes. I always figured it was some UI anomaly caused by the fact that the would occasionally display some status in one of them: the phishing filter status while the page is loading. However, it turns out that four of the six are actually buttons. If you click the right-most one you get the Phishing Filter settings. Double-click the next one … Continue reading IE’s hidden buttons

Do Vista Users Need Fewer Security Patches Than XP Users?

On January 23, Jeff Jones, Director of Security at Microsoft, published his “One Year Vulnerability Report” for Windows Vista. In the report, he analyzed whether Windows Vista had fewer vulnerabilities in its first year than it’s predecessor, Windows XP had in its first year. Jeff also compared Vista to Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Mac OS and how they did in their first year. Predictably, the report has generated the expected amount of controversy. Thomas Claburn, of Information Week, promptly wrote an article about it, which, in my summary, essentially says “Microsoft makes up statistics to show that Vista is secure. Nobody … Continue reading Do Vista Users Need Fewer Security Patches Than XP Users?

Remotely listing all installed updates

A couple of weeks ago I published a script to list installed updates. Predictably, one of the comments ask for a version that can do that remotely. Here it is. This version can be run a couple of ways. First, you can double-click it. If you do it will prompt you for which computer to list the updates on. If you just type "." (a dot) it will use the local computer. If you type a name it will connect to a remote computer and list them from there. However, you must be authenticated to the remote computer before you … Continue reading Remotely listing all installed updates