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NEWS - January 17, 2006

by roddy32 / January 17, 2006 9:38 AM PST
Windows Vista gets image flaw fix
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: January 17, 2006, 12:20 PM PST

A security update for preview releases of Windows Vista fixes the same image-rendering vulnerability found in earlier versions of the operating system.

Microsoft on Friday released what's believed to be the first security patch for Windows Vista, the next version of its flagship operating system. Updates are available for Windows Vista beta 1, released in July, and last month's Community Technology Preview release. The final version of Windows Vista is due by year's end.

The patch fixes a vulnerability in the way the operating system's Graphics Rendering Engine processes Windows Meta File images. That bug was first discovered late last month as it was being exploited by cybercriminals to load spyware, adware and other malicious code onto the PCs of unwitting Windows users.

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Microsoft: XP SP3 won't arrive until '07
by roddy32 / January 17, 2006 9:40 AM PST

By Ina Fried, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 17, 2006, 1:05 PM PT

Aiming to keep its focus on Windows Vista, Microsoft is now targeting 2007 for its next Windows XP service pack update.

In a posting to its life cycle Web site, Microsoft set a preliminary date of the second half of next year for the release of Windows XP Service Pack 3 for both home and professional editions. That puts its debut well past the arrival of Vista, which is slated for the second half of this year and later than both outsiders and some insiders had originally predicted.

"We will be releasing another service pack for XP over the course of the product life cycle, and we are tentatively targeting the second half of 2007 for release," a Microsoft representative said in an e-mail to CNET News.com. "However, right now our priority is Windows Vista--we'll have more information to share about the next service pack for XP after Windows Vista ships."

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Oracle fixes pile of bugs
by roddy32 / January 17, 2006 9:43 AM PST

By Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 17, 2006, 3:50 PM PT

As part of its quarterly patch cycle, Oracle released on Tuesday fixes for a long list of security vulnerabilities in many of its products.

The "Critical Patch Update" delivers remedies for 37 flaws related to Oracle's Database products, 17 related to Application Server, 20 to the Collaboration Suite, 27 to E-Business Suite and Applications, one to PeopleSoft's Enterprise Portal and one in JD Edwards software.

Some of the flaws carry Oracle's most serious rating, which means they're easy to exploit and an attack can have a wide impact, according to the alert. "Several of these vulnerabilities are significant, and should be patched as soon as possible," security provider Symantec said in an alert to users of its DeepSight intelligence service.

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Sony rootkit victims in every state, researcher says
by roddy32 / January 17, 2006 9:45 AM PST

By Ingrid Marson, ZDNet (UK)
Published on ZDNet News: January 17, 2006, 4:25 PM PT

A security researcher has claimed that computers in every U.S. state have been affected by copy-restriction software from Sony BMG.

Dan Kaminsky released the information at the Shmoocon 2006 hacker conference in Washington last week. Florida seems to have the highest number, with 12,588 networks detected that are hosting computers with the digital rights management software installed, according to figures posted by The Washington Post. California and Massachusetts also exhibit high rates of infection, although the numbers are only an estimate, as each network could host any number of computers with the Sony software installed.

The DRM software is automatically installed by some Sony BMG music CDs and is hidden using a rootkit, which can be exploited by a particular type of Trojan horse and hence constitutes a significant security risk.

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