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NEWS - October 17, 2006

by Marianna Schmudlach / October 17, 2006 12:21 PM PDT

Windows virus worms onto some Apple iPods

By Ina Fried, CNET
Published on ZDNet News: October 17, 2006, 2:05 PM PT

Apple Computer warned on Tuesday that some of its latest iPods have shipped with a Windows virus.

The company said that a small number of video iPods made after Sept. 12 included the RavMonE virus. It said it has seen fewer than 25 reports of the problem, which it said does not affect other models of the media player, nor does it affect Macs.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company apologized on its Web site for the problem, but also used the opportunity to jab at Microsoft, its operating system rival.


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Exploit code released for Nvidia flaw
by Marianna Schmudlach / October 17, 2006 12:24 PM PDT

By Dawn Kawamoto, CNET
Published on ZDNet News: October 17, 2006, 3:16 PM PT

Exploit code has been published for a security flaw in Nvidia's Linux graphics driver that could let a remote intruder take over a system.

The proof-of-concept code shows how an attacker could launch a buffer overflow and then commandeer the system, according to an advisory released Monday by security company Rapid7.

The critical flaws were found in Nvidia's Binary Graphics driver for Linux versions 8774 and 8762, and may also affect its Linux drivers for FreeBSD and Solaris, according to the advisory.

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Microsoft aims to get partners Vista-ready
by Marianna Schmudlach / October 17, 2006 12:25 PM PDT

By Ina Fried, CNET
Published on ZDNet News: October 17, 2006, 11:00 AM PT

As it prepares for the mainstream launch of new versions of Office and Windows, Microsoft wants to give its partners a little more punch.

Under one new program, Microsoft is paying for telephone calls to its customers to pitch its partners' products for Windows Vista, while another program is helping partners take their work overseas. Microsoft gave details of both efforts at a July conference for partners, but is announcing the programs publicly this week.

It's all part of the company's effort to make sure it gets plenty of bang for its buck when it releases the updates to its flagship products. Microsoft hasn't had a new version of Windows to tout for five years, having released Windows XP in October 2001.

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