This one is major nasty! It affects fully patched Windows XP systems running Service Pack 2, and is actually out in “the wild.”
Really BAD Exploits Treatens Windows XP
“A new exploit has been discovered in the wild that affects fully patched Windows XP SP2 systems, according to reports by security firms F-Secure and Sunbelt. The malicious code takes advantage of a vulnerability in the WMF graphics rendering engine to automatically download and install malware. WMF, or Windows Metafile, is a vector based image format used by Microsoft’s operating systems. SHIMGVW.DLL is loaded to render the images and contains a flaw that opens the door for a malformed WMF image to cause remote code execution and potentially allow for a full system compromise.”
Microsoft has been notified of the issue, and they are expected to come out with a patch soon.
Computers and the Internet have long been considered a “man’s world,” some would even say it is only a geek’s world! (With geeks being mostly men!) So, a subset of a subset! However, this is no longer true! Women now out-number men, according to a new study!
Women on the Web
While a slightly larger percentage of men than women are online (68 percent vs. 66 percent,) the larger population of American women tips the balance. Other findings: younger women and black women outpace their male peers by larger margins than the wider population.
Very nice! Keep it up, ladies!
Peter Quinn, CIO of Massachusetts, announced that he will resign, effective in January, from his post, due to flack that he has gotten for standing up for the OpenDocument standard for Mass. government. It seems that Microsoft is winning this one!
Mass. CIO Resigning
“Peter Quinn, the man responsible for bringing OpenDocument to the state of Massachusetts as CIO will resign on January 9, citing the controversy around the decision as well as personal attacks aimed at him as reasons for his departure,” according to BetaNews.
The move to standardize on the OpenDocument format for all electronic documents in Massachusetts began on September 1, when the proposal was first approved. The plan was quickly attacked by Microsoft, which called it “inconsistent and discriminatory.” The Evil Empire has been flexing it’s muscle since then to destroy this effort toward open standards in government.
Don’t download and install a BOGUS MSN Messenger Beta! (Actually, I wouldn’t install MSN Messenger in any case!!) But THIS one is a virus!
MSN Messenger Beta really a Virus
If you must IM, IM with a really good client, like Trillian! And, if you use IM, be sure to use Avast! Anti-virus, which works with IM clients!
“Unsuspecting Windows users who install the phony MSN Messenger Version 8 ‘beta’ actually install an IM worm that spreads to their IM contacts, and connects their computer to a remote control ‘bot’ network run by malicious hackers, according to F-Secure Corp., an antivirus firm based in Helsinki.”
SCO is very EVIL! More so than even Microsoft! SCO (the Santa Cruz Operation) is the company that decided that instead of innovating, instead of developing great, new products, they would try and make money by litagating. I.E., they took anyone and everyone to court that was using Linux in a major way, with the bare faced lie that “Linux” had stolen their (some say with good reason that they don’t even own it) UNIX source code. How a huge, Open Source project with no one company behind it can “steal” is, of course, a bit of a problem too. It would be like saying another movement like, oh, let’s say the “right to life” movement, stole source code. As a movement, it has adherents all over the world, from every walk of life. How does a movement “steal?” Well, anyway, SCO is evil… and they are paying for it. Their market share has plummeted. They are losing money hand-over-fist. But it COULD have been different!
The Sad Irony That is SCO!
It is hard to feel sorry for them, though. They made their bed. Now they are lying in it… and a nasty bed it is.
Yes, I remember playing this video game on a PDP-11 Computer in the 70’s! At the time, it was awesome!
The blurb at the bottom says that the on-line version of SpaceWar doesn’t work on Windows XP, but it did for me! Ahhhh… brings back fond memories!
However, I will probably wait a while before I do the upgrade!
Why borrow trouble during a holiday week!?!
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Dr. Bill Podcast – 16 – (12/24/05)
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Google antes up 1 BILLION for AOL, a small victory for Mozilla and Firefox… the RSS icon!, No IE for Macs!, What to buy as a Christmas present for the Geek in your life, PC virii… we may not be as safe as we think, Geek Software of the Week: PopTray!, Microsoft releases a new Lornhorn Beta, the first update is out for OpenOffice 2.0!, Seagate Buys Maxtor for ~$2 Billion!, Is StarTrek.com dying?, Symantec Norton Anti-Virus flaw, Spyware infection leads to EVEN MORE Spyware infections, “Santa IM Worm…” installs Rootkit payload, the Dell Firefox installation rumor confirmed!, Who’s Afraid of the Ten Commandments?, Fun Things to Do With a USB Thumbdrive!, NetBSD Version 3.0 is Out… and it supports the Zen multi-OS software!
It is out and get this… “New in NetBSD 3: native support for the Xen virtual machine monitor! With native Xen support on Intel platforms, NetBSD provides seamless support for execution of multiple guest operating systems with unprecedented levels of performance and resource isolation.” Cool!
NetBSD Version 3.0
I am a Linux kinda guy myself… but NetBSD has come a LONG way, and I may have to check this one out!
Here’s a guide to some projects that you can do with a USB thumbdrive! If you have one, or get one for Christmas, you can play!
They include a bootable Linux distro, USB travel kits, take your media player with you, etc.