Thursday, December 11, 2003


Internet Explorer Spoofing Vulnerability Found  

Internet Explorer Spoofing Vulnerability Found: "Internet Explorer Spoofing Vulnerability Found
By Matt Hicks
December 10, 2003

Users could be lulled into providing sensitive information through a Internet Explorer browser vulnerability that allows fake URLs to obscure the real domain.

A new vulnerability discovered this week in Internet Explorer could allow for the spoofing of URLs in the Web browsing, potentially putting users' sensitive information at risk.
Security researchers confirmed a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6 that could let an attacker display a fake URL in the browser's address bar in an attempt to disguise the real domain, according to a security bulletin released on Tuesday by Danish security company Secunia Ltd.
Using the security hole, an attacker could trick users into providing sensitive information or download malicious software by leading them to think that they are visiting a trusted site, the advisory said. "

This gigantic threat was rated "Moderatley Critical" by Microsoft. I think that it's a whole lot more like "Don't do ANY 'secure' transactions with IE6 until this is fixed or you'll probably regret it as long as it takes you to get your money and your identity back. In other words, MUCH longer than you'll be alive. It's quite possible for your heirs to regret your stupidity after you're safely dead.

It's about like calling the hole in the Titanic "moderately critical".

Wednesday, December 10, 2003



iTNews: "IBM gets early court victory in SCO/Linux case

By Paul Thurrott, Windows & .NET magazine
Wednesday, December 10, 2003


COMMENTARY: SCO revealed this week that a judge ruled in favor of IBM last week in SCO's trade secret violation lawsuit against the computing giant, a stunning legal victory for IBM.
SCO sued IBM earlier this year for US$1 billion, alleging that the Linux operating system IBM now supports contains software code stolen from UNIX, the rights to which SCO largely owns. SCO also revoked IBM's UNIX license.
However, late last week, IBM found itself on the receiving end of a favourable court decision, resulting in an interesting reversal of fortunes. SCO had been pressuring the courts to force IBM to reveal its UNIX and Linux source code so SCO could prove that IBM was using stolen code. But the judge ruled that SCO would have to present its own UNIX source code first and identify which software code had been stolen."

Good! Now, if the judicial system can stand up (for once) to the probable avalanche of appeals once the finalverdict is handed down, maybe we can all get back to business as usual.

Companies like SCO have, unfortunately, lots of brethren in the greed category. Not that SCO is the first, or the worst, but this kind of thing has to stop somewhere. These idiots want the whole pie, it's that simple. And that's just plain wrong. There's enough pie out there for everyone. I guess after a certain point, the company grows so big that it gets into the habit of being richer and bigger every year and can't stop growing. The trouble with that is that the world of 2003 won't support the Unlimited Growth model of business. There are too many companies and a finite amount of customers. You can do so much business before you run out of things to sell and people to sell them to. I don't give two hoots about the financial 'geniuses' that claim otherwise. This is the real world and facts are facts.

By the way, Geniuses, given the state of the world economy at the moment, consider yourself lucky that your companies are still in business.

Tuesday, December 09, 2003


News: Microsoft to market SBC Yahoo to retailers  

News: Microsoft to market SBC Yahoo to retailers: "Microsoft to market SBC Yahoo to retailers

By Jim Hu
CNET News.com
December 9, 2003, 9:17 AM PT

Microsoft will market SBC Communications and Yahoo's co-branded broadband Internet service to its retail software customers, the companies said.

The deal will open a new marketing channel for SBC Yahoo's digital subscriber line (DSL) service. Microsoft will recommend a business version of SBC Yahoo DSL to retail clients who purchase its Business Solutions software. SBC Yahoo DSL's business edition costs the same as its $26.95-a-month consumer product but offers network management and online marketing tools. "

Outrageous! Know what this means? It means that Microsoft has tacitly given up on marketing MSN Broadband service! It's been a long time since I've seen Microsoft just give up on anything. The last debacle was WebTV. And Microsoft is doing their best to keep that alive for the few users who found it essential.

If you want an idea of the impact, imagine, oh, I don't know.. IBM dropping Lotus in favor of Microsoft Exchange or AOL asking Microsoft to set up the AOL portal site for them. Or, I suppose, Microsoft giving away free copies of MS Office 2003 :).

Java Goes to Wal-Mart  

Java Goes to Wal-Mart: "Java Goes to Wal-Mart
By Peter Galli
December 8, 2003

Sun is challenging Microsoft on a new front: the consumer market. Believing its Java Desktop System is 'a more effective home and retail solution,' the company is negotiating with major retailers Wal-Mart and Office Depot to include the desktop on consumer PCs and laptops.

About all one can say is "Wgo woulda thought?"...

Sun Microsystems Inc. is embarking on a strategy that challenges Microsoft Corp. on a brand-new front: the consumer market.
The Santa Clara, Calif., company is negotiating with major retailers Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Office Depot Inc. to include Sun's Java Desktop System on planned offerings of low-priced consumer PCs and laptops."

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