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NEWS - November 21, 2006

by Marianna Schmudlach / November 21, 2006 12:49 AM PST

AVG anti-virus stays free (true)

Pop-up confusion
By John Leyden
Tuesday 21st November 2006

Users of a free version of GRISoft's AVG anti-virus software have begun receiving pop-up messages this week warning that their package would no longer be supported from 15 January.

This prompted misplaced concerns among a number of Reg readers that GRISoft was ditching the free version of its security software. Actually, the firm is simply encouraging users to upgrade from AVG Free version 7.1 to AVG Free version 7.5, which boasts improved performance and compatibility with Windows Vista.

A spokesman for GRISoft confirmed that the firm had no plans to ditch its line of free software, while stressing users would enjoy improved support with the paid-for version of the software.


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Microsoft: we agree to disagree with Novell on Linux patent
by Marianna Schmudlach / November 21, 2006 12:50 AM PST


Following a recent deal between Microsoft and Novell that included a patent indemnification agreement, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has made headlines by claiming that Linux infringes on Microsoft's patents. Novell has rejected this claim, and asserts in an open letter to the open source community that the agreement "is in no way an acknowledgment that Linux infringes upon any Microsoft intellectual property," and that when the company "entered the patent cooperation agreement with Microsoft, Novell did not agree or admit that Linux or any other Novell offering violates Microsoft patents." Microsoft issued a statement of its own stating that the two companies have "agreed to disagree on whether certain open source offerings infringe Microsoft's patents and whether certain Microsoft offerings infringe Novell patents."


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Zango accused of cheating on legal settlement
by Marianna Schmudlach / November 21, 2006 12:56 AM PST

Adware maker failing properly to disclose adware application to users

Tom Sanders in California, vnunet.com 21 Nov 2006

Adware maker Zango has not complied with the terms of a November settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), security researchers claim.

Zango agreed in early November to pay a $3m fine for the "unfair and deceptive" methods of distributing its adware.

Under the terms of the agreement, the adware maker was required to stop serving advertisements to older versions of its application.


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Hold that Red Hat obit
by Marianna Schmudlach / November 21, 2006 7:09 AM PST

by Larry Dignan
November 21, 2006

Just days ago we were all asking what Red Hat did to deserve an open assault from Oracle and possibly Novell and Microsoft.

Perhaps all that consternation was a tad premature. After all, the Novell and Microsoft pact on Linux isn't what it's cracked up to be and the two sides are already bickering. Novell even penned an open letter on its rift with Microsoft. So much for a hastily arranged reactive partnership.

That leaves Red Hat with only Oracle and Larry Ellison to worry about. A month ago Ellison made a big splash by announcing Oracle would support Red Hat customers. It was quite a shot across the bow.


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Microsoft: No Office 2007 Activation Required In The Enterpr
by Marianna Schmudlach / November 21, 2006 7:44 AM PST

Microsoft: No Office 2007 Activation Required In The Enterprise

Copies installed using volume license keys will simply skip product activation, the process where keys must be entered and judged legitimate.

By Gregg Keizer

Nov 21, 2006 02:50 PM

Microsoft won't require businesses that deploy Office 2007 to activate the suite, the company said Thursday in an updated document on its Web site.

Unlike the retail versions of Office 2007, copies installed using volume license keys -- the typical way large organizations purchase Microsoft's software -- will simply skip product activation, the process where keys must be entered and judged legitimate.

As with earlier editions of Office, the 2007 version will use what Microsoft dubs "Volume Activation 1.0." VA 1.0 also is the procedure used to install Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 in businesses. "The 2007 Microsoft Office system will continue to use product keys that bypass product activation," Microsoft said in the online document.


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Firefox 2.0 Password Manager Bug Exposes Passwords
by Marianna Schmudlach / November 21, 2006 7:48 AM PST

Posted by kdawson on Tuesday November 21, @06:25PM

"Today, Mozilla made public bug #360493, which exposes Firefox's Password Manager on many public sites. The flaw derives from Firefox's willingness to supply the username and password stored on one page on a domain to another page on a domain. For example, username/password input tags on a Myspace user's site will be unhelpfully propagated with the visitor's Myspace.com credentials. It was first discovered in the wild by Netcraft on Oct. 27. As this proof-of-concept illustrates, because the username/password fields need not be visible on the page, your password can be stolen in an almost completely transparent fashion. Stopgap solutions include avoiding using Password Manager and the Master Password Timeout Firefox extension, which will at least cause a prompt before the fields are filled. However, in the original case detailed in the bug report, the phish mimicked the login.myspace.com site almost perfectly, causing many users to believe they needed to log in. A description of this new type of attack, dubbed the Reverse Cross-Site Request (RCSR) vulnerability, is available from the bug's original author."


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Vista's EULA Product Activation Worries
by Marianna Schmudlach / November 21, 2006 7:52 AM PST

Posted by Zonk on Tuesday November 21, @12:19PM

"SecurityFocus is running an article regarding some concerns about Vista's activation terms. Do you have the right to use properly purchased but not validated software? What happens if Microsoft deactivates your OS that was legally purchased? The article goes into some detail about Vista's validation and concerns."
From the article:
"The terms of the Vista EULA, like the current EULA related to the 'Windows Genuine Advantage,' allows Microsoft to unilaterally decide that you have breached the terms of the agreement, and they can essentially disable the software, and possibly deny you access to critical files on your computer without benefit of proof, hearing, testimony or judicial intervention. In fact, if Microsoft is wrong, and your software is, in fact, properly licensed, you probably will be forced to buy a license to another copy of the operating system from Microsoft just to be able to get access to your files, and then you can sue Microsoft for the original license fee."


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