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Re: More major MS vulnerabilities... so this must be why

  • Subject: Re: More major MS vulnerabilities... so this must be why
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2006 14:26:05 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / ISBE, Manchester University / ITS
  • References: <1155191490.125141.9000@75g2000cwc.googlegroups.com>
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__/ [ Cyberwasteland ] on Thursday 10 August 2006 07:31 \__

> Every time I see the "linux-FUD genius-pack" ooze out of the woodwork
> simultaneously it's usually because there's been yet another
> embarrassing gaffe by their beloved monopoly in Redmond (no, it's not
> Pogo Linux).
> I checked my email this evening after work and there were over a dozen
> alerts regarding Microsoft vulnerabilities.
> ==Such as:==
> New Microsoft patch prompts DHS warning
> Robert McMillan
> Click here to find out more!
> August 09, 2006 (IDG News Service)
> The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned Wednesday that a
> recently patched Microsoft Corp. Windows vulnerability could put the
> nation's critical infrastructure at risk.

I am very curious. What could be so severe? And why would that get Homeland
Security so frantic? Could it be related to this morning's events? I truly
hope that Linux is never blamed, ascribed, or entangled with terrorism
(Shelly the Republican) in the same way that McAfee connected Open
Source/Linux with malware.

> The patch, described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-040, relates
> to Windows Server services. It was one of 12 updates issued Tuesday by
> the software maker, but security experts are particularly concerned
> with the bug because hackers have already exploited the
> vulnerability..."
> == and ==
> Microsoft patches 23 security flaws
> Wednesday, August 09 2006
> by Ciara O'Brien
> Microsoft, on Tuesday, issued yet another bumper crop of security
> updates to fix over 20 flaws in its software, its biggest update since
> it began the regular bulletins.
> The 12 updates fix a staggering 23 flaws in Windows software, with 15
> of them rated as critical, Microsoft's most severe rating. One of the
> 15 critical vulnerabilities has been tagged as a possible worm
> candidate; anonymous users can exploit the Service Server vulnerability
> remotely, regardless of the operating system.
> Three of the flaws were discovered in Office products, including
> Powerpoint, while 20 were present in the Windows system. Mac users also
> need to beware, as the Powerpoint vulnerability can affect their
> systems.
> http://www.enn.ie/news.html?code=9764101
> ====
> Yup. Happens every single time.
> It's as if the dang palookas think all the Linux FUD they spew here
> will counteract the reality of Microsoft's ever-flawed software.

Sometimes I think that the Wintrolls' presense here is a sign of weakness.
Why else would they be interested in a Linux group? And sometimes admit that
Vista is buggy, its beta is premature, and Microsoft does badly. They cross
over to 'enemy territory' and try to poison us against ourselves, sometimes
demoralising us and taking pleasure in the same way that a school bully
resolves the inferiority complex. Not that Wintrolls have become a tiny
minority there is little for them to find here, other than what they refuse
to hear, absorb, and accept.

Best wishes,


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