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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY JULY 31, 2000

  SDL Games & MS  
  • Microsoft Announces Public Beta of Newest XML Parser
    Time: 14:36 EST/19:36 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By:
    Byron Hinson

    Furthering its commitment to the support and development of XML, Microsoft Corp. today announced the official beta release of its newest XML parser, which is available for immediate download from the MSDN® XML Developer Center (http://msdn.microsoft.com/xml/general/msxmlprev.asp). An XML parser (or processor) is the programming component that implements the core XML standards and provides XML services to applications. This version of the parser, MSXML3, increases XML conformance over previous releases by achieving a pass rate of over 98 percent using the OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structural Information Standards) XML Conformance Test Suite. It also extends support for the Simple API for XML (SAX2) programming interface, making SAX2 accessible from the Visual Basic® development system.

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  • ActiveWin2k: Microsoft Windows 2000 Hardware Compatibility List - Updated
    Time: 14:34 EST/19:34 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin2k | Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have posted Microsoft's latest Windows 2000 Hardware Compatibility List; this list is vital to anyone who is planning to purchase Windows 2000 machines and add devices or for those of you who are planning to upgrade older machines. Check it out! In text format, 2.2 MB.

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  • ActiveWin2k: Microsoft Windows 2000 Bugs Fixed by Service Pack 1 (SP1) Page - Added
    Time: 14:25 EST/19:25 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin2k | Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have posted Microsoft's extensive list of bugs that have been corrected by Windows 2000 Service Pack 1. They are subdivided by area addressed, as follows: Base Operating System, Directory Services, Internet Information Services & COM +, Mail, Management/Administration, MDAC/Data Access, MSMQ, Networking, Other, Printing, Security, Setup, Shell, and more. There are several hundred fixes corrected - this fix is essential for any network administrator. Check it out!

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  • ActiveWin2k: Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 Page - Updated
    Time: 14:25 EST/19:25 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin2k | Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have updated an info page about Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Release 1 which was released over the weekend; The service pack is a rigorously-tested collection of updates that addresses customer-reported concerns with the Windows 2000 operating system. SP1 enhances the overall reliability of Windows 2000 and features easier and more robust mechanisms for applying Service Packs to Windows.

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  • Microsoft Encarta Interactive English Learning Professional Deluxe -- Review
    Time: 10:40 EST/15:40 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By:
    Julien

    I've just posted our complete review of Microsoft Encarta Interactive English Learning Professional Deluxe. Here is a snippet of the review:

    Who believed a few years ago that Microsoft would become such a great and respectable knowledge software editor? The Microsoft Encarta family is proud to welcome new learning software to help users learning the Shakespeare language. Microsoft Interactive English Learning Professional Deluxe uses the same old good pedagogy methods that in the first Encarta Interactive English Learning title released one year ago in Europe. This new edition is business focused as it concerns in priority businessmen with adapted short training lessons for those who are very busy. English has now begun a kind of worldwide language and speaking it is vital for businessmen in order to treat affairs efficiently all around the world due to the globalization.

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  • Gates & Co describe long, hard code to .NET
    Time: 10:36 EST/15:36 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By:
    Byron Hinson

    The theme for Microsoft's financial analysts meeting last week was "the road to the .NET" but it still seems that real plans are sketchy, and the paradigm shift that it is supposed to represent is still being invented. Gates' speech was not exactly the stuff to excite financial analysts; far from pitching them exciting new ideas as to how Windows might evolve, the chief software architect started by suggesting that his 1976 vision had come true.

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  • InterVideo's WinDVD Player First To Receive WHQL Certification For Windows Millennium Edition
    Time: 09:46 EST/14:46 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By:
    Byron Hinson

    InterVideo, Inc. the leading developer of PC video software, today announced that WinDVD, the world's top DVD player, is the first DVD software to receive certification from Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) for Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft's new home and business computer operating system.

    With this certification, WinDVD now carries the Windows-certified logo for all major Microsoft operating systems--Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and Millennium -- making it the leading solution for OEMs who are looking to simplify their manufacturing requirements via a single specification. The player passed its test on a Dell Dimension computer system equipped with an ATI Rage 128 Pro graphics card.

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  • SDL signs games software deal with Microsoft
    Time: 07:56 EST/12:56 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By:
    Byron Hinson

    British software firm SDL Plc (quote from Yahoo! UK & Ireland: SDL.L) said on Monday it had signed a games software deal with U.S. technology giant Microsoft Corp (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news). SDL said the contract was ``for the globalisation of a number of its (Microsoft's) leading games software titles''. The group added that the contract would run at least until September 2001.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: SATURDAY JULY 29, 2000

  Win 2k SP 1 Released  

NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY JULY 28, 2000

  Windows Me - Win 2k SP 1 - Security Patches  
  • Windows Me Ships To MSDN Subscribers
    Time: 16:04 EST/21:04 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft has started shipping its August editions of MSDN which include the long awaited gold version of Windows Me, so far various European subscribers have been the first to get their hands on the new operating system thanks to early shipments of the August pack being sent out over the last few days.

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  • Windows 2000 SP 1 Due August 1st
    Time: 16:04 EST/21:04 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    It looks highly likely that Microsoft will finally release its long awaited first service pack for Windows 2000 on Tuesday August 1st. The final version went "rtm" on June 21st and seems set for this release date according to various sources.

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  • Microsoft Highlights Strengths in Core Business Areas, Demonstrates Future .NET Technologies
    Time: 08:57 EST/13:57 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates today told financial analysts that the company's core businesses - including the Microsoft Windows operating system and Microsoft Office, as well as the company's other applications, server, online and consumer products - had a record year and already are building the foundation for the Microsoft .NET strategy. Microsoft's annual Financial Analyst Meeting showcased a combination of sales and performance momentum for core products and previewed a range of next-generation software technologies.

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  • Microsoft Previews Next Version of Office At Company's Annual Financial Analyst Meeting
    Time: 08:57 EST/13:57 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. previewed the next version of MicrosoftÒ Office today at the company's annual Financial Analyst Meeting in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft demonstrated technologies that make it easier for users to learn new features and use existing features more effectively, simplify the process of working with others, and provide new tools that enable users to store, access and analyze relevant business information. Microsoft also demonstrated how the next version of Office will enable users to truly interact with the Web using Web-based services. The new version will extend innovations and benefits to Office users of all types, from business and home users to IT managers.

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  • Windows 2000 Security Patch: Relative Shell Path Vulnerability
    Time: 05:50 EST/10:50 GMT | News Source: Microsoft | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft® Windows NT® 4.0 and Windows® 2000. Under certain conditions, the vulnerability could enable a malicious user to cause code of his choice to run when another user subsequently logged onto the machine.

    Download Now - Q269049_W2K_SP2_x86_en.EXE - 225 Kb

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-047) Patch Available for “NetBIOS Name Server Protocol Spoofing” Vulnerability
    Time: 05:50 EST/10:50 GMT | News Source: Microsoft | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in a protocol implemented in Microsoft® Windows® systems. It could be used to cause a machine to refuse to respond to requests for service.

    Frequently asked questions regarding this vulnerability and the patch can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/fq00-047.asp

    Issue

    The NetBIOS Name Server (NBNS) protocol, part of the NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NBT) family of protocols, is implemented in Windows systems as the Windows Internet Name Service (WINS). By design, NBNS allows network peers to assist in managing name conflicts. Also by design, it is an unauthenticated protocol and therefore subject to spoofing. A malicious user could misuse the Name Conflict and Name Release mechanisms to cause another machine to conclude that its name was in conflict. Depending on the scenario, the machine would as a result either be unable to register a name on the network, or would relinquish a name it already had registered. The result in either case would be the same – the machine would not respond requests sent to the conflicted name anymore.

    If normal security practices have been followed, and port 137 UDP has been blocked at the firewall, external attacks would not be possible. A patch is available that changes the behavior of Windows systems in order to give administrators additional flexibility in managing their networks. The patch allows administrators to configure a machine to only accept a name conflict datagram in direct response to a name registration attempt, and to configure machines to reject all name release datagrams. This will reduce but not eliminate the threat of spoofing. Customers needing additional protection may wish to consider using IPSec in Windows 2000 to authenticate all sessions on ports 137-139.

    Affected Software Versions

    • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Workstation
    • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server
    • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server, Enterprise Edition
    • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server, Terminal Server Edition
    • Microsoft Windows 2000

    Patch Availability

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  • Mailing List Working Again
    Time: 05:49 EST/10:49 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    We have fixed a problem with our mailing list, this means you can now subscribe/unsubscribe to our mailing lists for both ActiveWin and ActiveDVD. Our mailing list is sent our daily each evening with all of the latest Windows and DVD news depending on which one you subscribe to.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY JULY 26, 2000

  MS SideWinder P&P Gamepad Interview  

NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY JULY 25, 2000

  MS Train Simulator - Intel Pentium III 1Ghz B & Intel VC820 motherboard review  
  • Microsoft to ask high court not to hear its case now
    Time: 15:30 EST/20:30 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) on Wednesday will ask the Supreme Court to let a lower tribunal hear the company's appeal of antitrust violations first, a strategy aimed at avoiding a verdict to split the software giant.

    The high court will be dealing with a novel situation -- the first time it has settled a squabble over whether to take a direct appeal under a special law covering government-initiated antitrust cases. ``If this case doesn't qualify then the statute's a dead letter,'' said Don Falk, a lawyer with Mayer, Brown & Platt, which represents such Microsoft adversaries as the Oracle Corp.

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  • Microsoft Challenges Industry to Advance the Spirit of the ADA Through Technology
    Time: 15:30 EST/20:30 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today during a 10th anniversary celebration of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Microsoft Corp.'s director of federal government affairs, Jack Krumholtz, challenged the high-tech industry to make technology easier for people with disabilities to use. The event, held today at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, welcomed the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Spirit of the ADA Torch Relay to Washington, D.C. During the celebration, Krumholtz applauded the progress made by the ADA, pointing out that the high-tech industry is at a crucial juncture to ensure that the new virtual world created by technology offers the same opportunities made possible by the ADA.

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  • Microsoft to Debut Train Simulation Software at National Model Railroad Association's National Train Show
    Time: 15:12 EST/20:12 GMT | News Source: Microsoft | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    As exclusively announced here a good 3-4 months ago, Microsoft has been working on a train simulator. Here is the PR:

    REDMOND, Wash. - July 25, 2000 - Microsoft Corp. today announced that it will release "Microsoft® Train Simulator," a software program designed to simulate the thrills of the railways on the personal computer, in the spring of 2001. Attendees at the National Model Railroad Association's (NMRA) National Train Show next week in San Jose, Calif., will be the first to see an early version of the software and experience the excitement and adventure of "Microsoft Train Simulator."

    "Train Simulator" aims to bring the most true-to-life virtual train experience to the PC. Working in cooperation with six of the world's leading railroads, Microsoft is re-creating hundreds of miles of routes with realistic scenery, equipment and operations. Using multiple camera angles, players can take on the role of an engineer, passenger or bystander.

    Lifelike engineer's control panels, scenery and weather; and accurate elevations and terrain data mirror real-world train travel. Player activities can include anything from keeping passenger time schedules while managing unforeseen barriers and negotiating freight through mountain passes in winter storms to navigating some of the world's busiest commuter lines.

    "Microsoft Train Simulator" comes from the simulations group at Microsoft, distinguished for developing the world's best-selling PC-game software, "Microsoft Flight Simulator." Long synonymous with exacting standards of quality and realism, the simulations group at Microsoft is dedicated to providing both flight and rail fans with experiences that are "as real as it gets."

    "Our 18-year commitment to simulations continues with 'Microsoft Train Simulator,'" said Mike Geertsen, product planner in the simulations product unit at Microsoft. "We are excited to create a product that brings the thrill of trains and railroading to the general public and allows train enthusiasts and modelers to extend their hobby onto their personal computers."

    Players can operate nine different trains, ranging from steam locomotives and modern diesels to high-speed electric "bullet trains," as they travel any of six famous rail routes from around the globe. These routes include both historic and contemporary rail operations.

    The six railroads included in "Microsoft Train Simulator" are listed below:

    · Amtrak. Players can race up and down the busy northeastern corridor of the United States as the "bullet train" comes to America with Amtrak's new Acela high-speed train.

    · Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. Users experience the challenges and awesome power of moving today's freight through the spectacular Marias Pass and along the southern border of Glacier National Park in Montana.

    · The Flying Scotsman Railways. Enthusiasts chug along some of England's most beautiful countryside in the late 1920s in what is arguably the world's most famous steam locomotive.

    · Kyushu Railway Co. Users explore the mountainous Hisatsu line on Japan's southern island of Kyushu.

    · Odakyu Electric Railway. Players navigate one of the busiest commuter lines out of Tokyo or take in the breathtaking scenery of Mt. Fuji.

    · The Venice-Simplon Orient Express. Participants visit the Austrian Alps in the 1930s for the ultimate in romantic European steam train travel.

    As it did with the "Flight Simulator" series, Microsoft developed "Microsoft Train Simulator" with open architecture and tools, and designed it as a train-simulation platform for home entertainment. These features enable enthusiasts and third-party developers to customize and extend the product by creating new trains, routes, scenery, world objects and challenges.

    The NMRA National Train Show takes place Aug. 4-6 at the San Jose Convention Center. Attendees can test-drive "Microsoft Train Simulator" at booth 592-594. More information about the train show can be found on the NMRA's Web site at http://www.nmra.org/.

    Scheduled for broad availability in spring 2001, "Microsoft Train Simulator" will deliver unparalleled realism, enabling PC users to accurately re-create railroading adventures from a desktop. "Microsoft Train Simulator" is being developed in conjunction with United Kingdom-based Kuju Entertainment. More information on Kuju Entertainment is available on the Web at http://www.kuju.com/.

    More information about "Microsoft Train Simulator" and the participating railroads is available on its official Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/games/trainsim/.

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  • Creative rerelease Blaster Control 4.03 drivers
    Time: 13:05 EST/18:05 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    Creative corp has re-released their Creative Blaster Control 4.03 set of drivers for their range of 3d Blaster boards (TNT2, Banshee, GeForce, GeForce 2 GTS, etc) and strongly recommend users that have downloaded the first release (dated July 13th) to retrieve and install this new release. You can download the new release by clicking here.

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  • Excel 2000 Security Update: REGISTER.ID
    Time: 08:10 EST/13:10 GMT | News Source: Microsoft | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The Microsoft Excel REGISTER.ID Security Update eliminates the vulnerability that could be exploited using the worksheet tools of Excel 2000 to do malicious acts, such as deleting and overwriting files without the user's input or verification. This update protects against harmful code that could be executed from a worksheet by disabling the REGISTER.ID function.

    Note   To use the Excel 2000 REGISTER.ID Security Update, you must have installed Office 2000 SR-1 or Office 2000 Service Release 1a (SR-1a). System Administrators can find additional information and the administrator version of this update at the Microsoft Office Resource Kit.

    To learn more about the Excel 2000 REGISTER.ID Security Update, read the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS00-051. Additional information can be found in the Microsoft Knowledge Base Article (Q269252) XL2000: Update Available for register.id Vulnerability.

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  • Adaptec and Microsoft Deliver Ability to Create Custom Audio CDs With Secure Content
    Time: 08:08 EST/13:08 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Adaptec, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADPT - news) announced it has entered into an agreement with Microsoft Corporation under which Adaptec will offer support for Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Media Audio format with their industry leading CD recording software applications. Adaptec and Microsoft announced last week that Microsoft has incorporated Adaptec's CD recording technology in Windows Media Player 7, making it easy for music fans to create custom audio CDs for car and home stereo systems. Adaptec CD recording applications featuring Windows Media Format support will allow rights-managed digital audio content to be recorded on CD through this secure and trusted system. Adaptec's existing line of CD recording applications, Easy CD Creator 4 Deluxe and Toast 4 Deluxe, also allow you to burn photo, video and data CDs.

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  • MusicMatch hires away Microsoft marketing executive
    Time: 08:07 EST/13:07 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    MusicMatch Inc., a privately held maker of ``jukebox'' software for storing and playing music on a computer, said on Monday it had hired away a Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) executive to serve as its marketing chief. The recruiting of Jonathan Gear, formerly the chief consumer marketing manager for Microsoft's Windows Media division, comes as MusicMatch is filling out its executive ranks amid growing demand for its digital music software.

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  • Multi-Tech Files Counter Suit Against Microsoft Over Patents Latest in Actions By the Inventor of Simultaneous Voice and Data Technology
    Time: 08:07 EST/13:07 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Suburban Minneapolis-based Multi-Tech Systems, Inc., a leading data communications technology company, today announced that on June 28, 2000 it filed a counter suit against Microsoft's declaratory judgment regarding Multi-Tech's patents for simultaneous voice, data, and video communications. Microsoft had previously filed an action against Multi-Tech seeking a declaration from the court that it did not infringe certain Multi-Tech patents and/or that the patents are invalid. Multi-Tech responded with this suit against Microsoft charging them with infringing five of the company's U.S patents.

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  • Leading Technology and Instant Messaging Companies Form IMUnified
    Time: 08:06 EST/13:06 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Leading technology and instant messaging (IM) companies today announced the launch of a new coalition: IMUnified. The goal of this coalition is to rapidly enable users of all members' instant messaging services to communicate in a seamless, convenient, private and secure manner. The founding members of IMUnified are AT&T Corp., Excite@Home, iCAST Corp., the MSN® network of Internet services, Odigo, Phone.com, Prodigy, Tribal Voice and Yahoo! Inc.

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  • Intel Pentium III 1Ghz B & Intel VC820 motherboard -- Review
    Time: 06:33 EST/11:33 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    I've just posted our long awaited Intel Pentium III 1Ghz EB and Intel VC820 motherboard review! Here is a snippet of the review:

    Intel has provided us with a nice test system featuring its new top-notch high-end processor: the Pentium III 1Ghz B. For the first time ever a processor reaches the 1Ghz barrier. Who would believe that, a few years ago when the most powerful CPU were only 16mhz ones? So once again the well-known Moore theorem is right. In this review we will see if the latest Intel's baby hold on its promises. When I unpacked the box I was only able to say 'Wahoooooo', because when Intel says that a PIII 1Ghz B bring power they surely mean it! Indeed the processor is surrounded by a big heatsink with two independent power supplied fans! This processor seems to heat enough to cook your eggs! ;-) Buying a new air-conditioning system will be soon imperative to use a computer safely.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY JULY 24, 2000

  Etc  

NEWS HEADLINES FOR: SUNDAY JULY 23, 2000

  Staff Openings  
  • AskAW Questions Updated
    Time: 13:37 EST/18:37 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Our AskAW Helpers have been busy answering your e-mail and we have just posted the most recent questions.

    We have been a bit behind in getting these questions answered and posted and hope to be back on track.  If you have a question that you would like answered then just drop us an e-mail at: askaw@activewin.com.

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  • Staff Openings: ASP, ActiveWin & ActiveXBox
    Time: 08:40 EST/13:40 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    We are on the lookout for a number of new staff for our group of sites. Firstly we are looking for an ASP designer who would be interested in working with us to design top class forums for our readers to use to discuss Windows, our site and ask questions that we can answer. Secondly we are looking for two or three news writers for ActiveXbox, this means keeping the site up to date with XBox news and conducting interviews, doing reviews (in the future) etc.

    If you are interested in any of these positions please e-mail us at byron@activewin.com

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY JULY 21, 2000

  Microsoft Security Bulletins (MS00-045), (MS00-046), (MS00-043)  
  • Microsoft Extends International Giving With Initiatives To Bridge Global Digital Divide
    Time: 14:19 EST/19:19 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today, as part of the Group of Eight summit meeting, Microsoft Corp. pledged nearly $1 million for four new initiatives to help communities around the world bridge the digital divide. Additionally, Microsoft endorsed the White House global digital divide Call to Action and served as a founding member of the President's "Digital Leaders Program," a group of industry leaders including Andersen Consulting, Cisco Systems Inc., IBM Corp., Eastman Kodak Co., America Online Inc., Motorola Inc. and Lucent Technologies Inc. who together have committed to help create digital opportunity for the people of the world, and to take concrete steps to help facilitate these opportunities.

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  • Microsoft IntelliEye Optical Review
    Time: 05:26 EST/10:26 GMT | News Source: Review News | Posted By: Alex Harris

    ReviewNews.com have posted a review of the Microsoft IntelliEye Optical Mouse. Here is a snippet of the review:

    There really is no firm way to benchmark this mouse, it’s more on personal preference as long as it does the job. I did find it easier to line up my rails in quake 3, and it’s much smoother running around the battlefields in Brood War. But I haven’t quite found a mouse benchmarking program. If anyone has one of these, shoot it on over to me will ya? Another nice feature is that the mouse is USB. It comes with a PS/2 adaptor, but using the USB channel gives you a faster response rate.

    To read more of the review then click here.

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-045) - Patch Available for "Persistent Mail-Browser Link" Vulnerability
    Time: 05:11 EST/10:11 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Product Security | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Summary
    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability affecting Microsoft(r) Outlook Express. The vulnerability could allow a malicious user to send an email that would "read over the shoulder" of the recipient as he previews subsequent emails in Outlook Express. A patch is available that eliminates this vulnerability as well as those discussed in Microsoft Security Bulletins MS00-043 and MS00-046. Customers who already have taken the corrective action discussed in either of these bulletins do not need to take any additional action. Frequently asked questions regarding this vulnerability and the patch can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/fq00-045.asp
    Issue
    By design, HTML mail can contain script, and among the actions such a script can take is to open a browser window that links back to the Outlook Express windows. Also by design, script in the browser window could read the HTML mail that is displayed in Outlook Express. However, a vulnerability results because the link could be made persistent. This could allow the browser window to retrieve the text of mails subsequently displayed in the preview pane, and relay it to the malicious user. There are several significant restrictions on this vulnerability: - Only the recipient could open the HTML mail that established    the link. - The attack would only persist until the user either closed    the browser window that the HTML mail opened, or closed    Outlook Express. - The malicious user could only read mails that were displayed    in the preview pane. If the preview pane feature were    disabled, he could not read mails under any conditions. The vulnerability is eliminated in Outlook Express 5.5, and customers who have installed it do not need to take any additional action. Outlook Express 5.5 is available as part of Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 1, and, except when installed on Windows 2000, Internet Explorer 5.5. A patch is available for customers who prefer not to upgrade to Outlook Express 5.5. 
    Affected Software Versions
    - Microsoft Outlook Express 4.0 
    - Microsoft Outlook Express 4.01 
    - Microsoft Outlook Express 5.0 
    - Microsoft Outlook Express 5.01

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-046) - Patch Available for "Cache Bypass" Vulnerability
    Time: 05:09 EST/10:09 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Product Security | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Summary
    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft(r) Outlook(r) and Outlook Express. The vulnerability could allow a malicious user to send an HTML mail that, when opened, could read, but not add, change or delete, files on the recipient's computer. If coupled with other vulnerabilities, it could potentially be used in more advanced attacks as well. The patch eliminates this vulnerability as well as those discussed in Microsoft Security Bulletins MS00-043 and MS00-045. Customers who already have taken the corrective action discussed in either of these bulletins do not need to take any additional action. Frequently asked questions regarding this vulnerability and the patch can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/fq00-046.asp 
    Issue
    By design, an HTML mail that creates a file on the recipient's computer should only be able to create it in the so-called cache. Files in the cache, when opened, do so in the Internet Zone. However, this vulnerability would allow an HTML mail to bypass the cache mechanism and create a file in a known location on the recipient's disk. If an HTML mail created an HTML file outside the cache, it would run in the Local Computer Zone when opened. This could allow it to open a file on the user's computer and send it a malicious user's web site. The vulnerability also could be used as a way of placing an executable file on the user's machine, which the malicious user would then seek to launch via some other means. The vulnerability would not enable the malicious user to add, change or delete files on the user's computer. Only files that can be opened in a browser window, such as .txt, .jpg or .htm files, could be read via this vulnerability, and the malicious user would need to know or guess the full path and file name of every file he wished to read. The vulnerability resides in a component that is shared by Outlook and Outlook Express, and as a result the vulnerability affects both products. A version of the component that is not affected by the vulnerability ships as part of Outlook Express 5.5, and customers who have installed it do not need to take any additional action. Outlook Express 5.5 is available as part of Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 1, and, except when installed on Windows 2000, Internet Explorer 5.5. 
    Affected Software Versions
    - Microsoft Outlook Express 4.0 
    - Microsoft Outlook Express 4.01 
    - Microsoft Outlook Express 5.0 
    - Microsoft Outlook Express 5.01 
    - Microsoft Outlook 97 
    - Microsoft Outlook 98 
    - Microsoft Outlook 2000

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-043) - Patch Available for "Malformed E-mail Header" Vulnerability
    Time: 05:07 EST/10:07 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Product Security | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Summary
    On July 18, 2000, Microsoft released the original version of this bulletin, to advise customers of the issue and recommend that they install either of the two service packs that will eliminate the vulnerability. On July 20, 2000, the bulletin was updated to announce the availability of patches that eliminate the vulnerability. Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft(r) Outlook(r) and Outlook Express. Under certain conditions, the vulnerability could allow a malicious user to cause code of his choice to execute on another user's computer. The patch eliminates this vulnerability as well as those discussed in Microsoft Security Bulletins MS00-045 and MS00-046. Customers who already have taken the corrective action discussed in either of these bulletins do not need to take any additional action. Frequently asked questions regarding this vulnerability and the patch can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/fq00-043.asp 

    Issue
    A component shared by Outlook and Outlook Express, Inetcomm.dll, contains an unchecked buffer in the functionality that parses e-mail headers when downloading mail via either POP3 or IMAP4. By sending an e-mail that overruns the buffer, a malicious user could cause either of two effects to occur when the mail was downloaded from the server by an affected e-mail client: - If the affected field were filled with random data, the    e-mail could be made to crash. - If the affected field were filled with carefully-crafted data,    the e-mail client could be made to run code of the malicious    user's choice. The vulnerability affects all Outlook Express users and all Outlook users whose mail clients are configured to use either POP3 or IMAP4. Outlook users who have configured Outlook to use only MAPI services are unlikely to be affected by the vulnerability. Despite this, Microsoft recommends that such customers apply one of the corrective steps discussed in the Patch Availability section, primarily because the patch protects against other vulnerabilities that affect all Outlook users, regardless of the mail protocol they use. A version of Inetcomm.dll that is not affected by the vulnerability ships as part of Outlook Express 5.5, and customers who have installed it do not need to take any additional action. Outlook Express 5.5 is available as part of Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 1, and, except when installed on Windows 2000, Internet Explorer 5.5. Customers who do not wish to upgrade to Outlook Express 5.5 should install the patch provided below. 
    Affected Software Versions
    - Microsoft Outlook Express 4.0 
    - Microsoft Outlook Express 4.01 
    - Microsoft Outlook Express 5.0 
    - Microsoft Outlook Express 5.01 
    - Microsoft Outlook 97 
    - Microsoft Outlook 98 
    - Microsoft Outlook 2000

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  • Windows 2000 SP1 delayed
    Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft has put back the release to manufacture of Windows 2000 Service Pack 1. Originally due earlier this week, the monstro 83MB patch is now scheduled for release on 24 July and should be available for web download a few days later.

    The software giant is keeping mum on the actual causes of the delay, but the word on the street seems to point to some kind of security issue.

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  • FileQuest Challenges Windows Explorer
    Time: 04:59 EST/09:59 GMT | News Source: PC World | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Let's face it: Windows Explorer is a lousy tool for managing files. Take a look at FileQuest 2.0, recently released by PiQuest, and you'll see just how inadequate Explorer is.

    What makes FileQuest special? Here's just one example: Think of your basic Windows Explorer screen, with a folder tree on the left and the contents of a folder on the right. Click a folder in the left pane and the right pane's display changes accordingly. With FileQuest, click on a folder in left pane, and you're looking at the contents of two folders. Click on another folder and you see three. This is the easiest way imaginable to view two folders at once. You can simultaneously display up to a rather excessive 15 folders. That's just the start.

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  • New UI types hidden in Windows Whistler preview code
    Time: 04:57 EST/09:57 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Alex Harris

    The beginnings of two possible configurable new front ends for Windows are buried inside the preview edition of Whistler, the next version of Win2k due out next year. Options called "Start Panel" and "Start Page" can be enabled in the code, and used as alternatives to the standard Start menu. As the preview doesn't ship with these enabled, and Microsoft hasn't exactly shouted about the feature, it can be seen as work in progress - a hint of what may be to come.

    We'd like to give credit to whoever unearthed this first, but it's tricky. Paul Thurrott of WinInfo explains it in detail, and thanks Nate Mook of Betanews for tipping him off. Nate Mook of Betanews explains it too, and thanks Paul for discovering it. Still, nice to see these guys getting on at last.

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  • Microsoft Tests Cookie Controls
    Time: 04:55 EST/09:55 GMT | News Source: PC World | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft Thursday announced plans to test new features within its Internet Explorer browser software that are supposed to give users more control over the use of cookies that can track their online surfing activities.

    Microsoft said it's releasing the "privacy-enhancing" features to about 2000 users for beta testing with the Windows version of Internet Explorer 5.5, which was made available for downloading last week. Within four weeks, the company hopes to release a public beta version for general use that will incorporate the new capabilities.

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  • Introducing Windows Millennium
    Time: 04:53 EST/09:53 GMT | News Source: PC World | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Windows Me--Microsoft's cutesy abbreviation for Millennium Edition--is billed as the last member of the product line that began conquering the world's desktops five years ago with the ascension of Windows 95. (Yes, Microsoft said the same of Windows 98 before it arrived, but this time the company seems to mean it.)

    This final installment in the Windows 9x family includes flashy gewgaws and an important new suite of system recovery utilities, all aimed at device-happy consumers who like multimedia tools and who long for a more crash-resistant PC. Businesses using Windows 95 or 98 will also find things to like about Me. In particular, its recovery capabilities could entice systems administrators who are driven to distraction by users who crash machines after installing unauthorized software. But companies that need rock-solid stability, powerful networking capabilities, and serious security features are far better off migrating to Windows 2000 Professional.

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