Tag: Microsoft

Microsoft’s music, video copy-protection software hacked again

DRM doesn’t seem like a battle worth fighting.

CafePress returns from land of the dead

CafePress, that bastion of free speech you can slap on a t-shirt, was hit by a DDOS attack on Tuesday. They are, of course, back up now, and the holiday shopping binge continues.

I recollect CafePress being a .NET house – I guess hackers decided to leave Microsoft alone this year and go after their customers instead.

I wonder if those zombie networks are responsible for the Denver blizzard too, as the malls around here are just re-opening as well.

UPDATE: While CafePress is worried about staying up for the holiday season, Michael Arrington is wondering why they don’t use Flash. He must own Adobe stock.

MIcrosoft opens up Sender ID

Faced with criticism over licensing requirements, Microsoft has decided to release the Sender ID Framework under its Open Specification Promise.

This makes a lot of sense. Sender ID has long been the subject of controversy, and since a sizable portion of email servers are already open source, this may just lead to some adoption. We all just want some standards, and regardless of whether Sender ID and SPF are the answer, this is a step in that [right] direction.

Microsoft going into politics

Internet Explorer 7 came out, and security experts were quick to jump on it. Flaws were immediately found, and now Microsoft is backpedalling like a bunch of politicians.

“These reports are technically inaccurate: the issue concerned in these reports is not in Internet Explorer 7 (or any other version) at all. Rather, it is in a different Windows component, specifically a component in Outlook Express. While these reports use Internet Explorer as a vector the vulnerability itself is in Outlook Express.”

The company must obviously be doing their IE development on Linux, where Outlook Express is nowhere to be found.

Hackers resorting to low blows

Brian Krebs note that no soon had Microsoft issued a record 26 security patches, then hackers decided to call the company out on a few others.

Yes, it is a game of cat and mouse. But when the low blow is a flaw in Powerpoint, I’d say the bad guys are running out of ammunition.

Microsoft says patching is baaaad

According to InfoWorld, whose information comes from MS’s spin residents, patching old operating systems can lead to a false sense of security.

Yep, that’s Microsoft’s reasoning for not patching old OS’s, so third party vendors are doing it for them. But that’s not the real news here – the meat is in the comments over at InfoWorld, which include:

“These products have reached the point of architectural obsolescence.” How does that make Windows XP any different from Microsoft’s unsupported OS’s?

and..

“MS: Patching obsolete OSes gives ‘false sense of security'” And, judging by Windows XP’s record since it was released, patching it also gives a false sense of security.

Hmm. Do I sense some animosity here?

WiFi cafes now a little less dangerous

A while back an exploit was found that made Windows machines quite vulnerable to attacks. That might not seem so strange, except that instead of some researcher figuring it out in a lab, it was done by some folks playing around with WiFi in a coffee shop. Someone then asked whether the problem existed for folks who didn’t use windows to manage their wireless card, and in usual fashion I had no really good answer (when is there ever one around here).

Now the concept rears its ugly head again as Intel has plugged the holes in Centrino wireless management systems.

There’s your answer. Yes, and now no (until someone finds another hole).

Symantec calling for front lawn brawl with Microsoft

Past tense: John Thompson has openly mocked Microsoft’s security initiatives. His company is showing no fear, and I am sure there are a lot of folks snickering along with him. Microsoft is acting squirrelly. Then there’s the flying lawsuits and Mac endorsements.

I say the battle hasn’t gotten started just yet, but when it does it should be fun to watch.

***UPDATE***

If the combatant shows up with a lawn chair, goad them some more: Symantec says Vista could be less secure than XP.

Microsoft Kernel Patch Protection troubles security vendors

Fact or FUD? According to firewall vender Agnitum, Microsofts Kernel Patch Protection initiative may do more harm than good.

The issue at hand? Third-party security vendors’ ability to keep up with patches on Windows PCs, and at a stretch, the idea that hackers would benefit more than commercial software developers.

Is this an attempt by Microsoft to force people to use their security products? Who knows, but it’s an idea I can’t get my head around. It sounds like something Microsoft might try, but why they would want to expose themselves to further regulatory scrutiny is beyond me.

Either way, it is likely not the best move, as other computing platforms hit their stride, but then again, neither notion bodes well for third-party vendors. The fact that Microsoft security man Jesper Johansson walked out the door only leads to further confusion. What are the folks in Redmond up to?

Microsoft executives to use the insanity defense

This little battle going on between Microsoft and Apple is getting a bit silly, and the media is certainly playing it to its fullest. Let’s break it down, shall we?

– Microsoft’s latest operating system is delayed, and now Bill Gates is laying long odds on another delay.

– Apple stock is getting beat up because iPod sales are slowing.

– Microsoft announces they are creating an iPod killer just in time for Christmas, and a pretty simple analysis of that possibility creates a lot of doubt.

– Apple is going to release a new operating system, purportedly just ahead of Vista.

So, we have the old guard hampered by delays to its core product chasing a market created by the new guard, just as that market seems to be stagnating. And, we have the new guard pounding away on the old guard’s turf, just as the old guard is getting caught with its shorts around its knees.

Someone get someone else a stiff drink, please, before they go insane.