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Mon
13
Aug
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Microsoft, Adobe Fix 'Critical' Security Flaws

It will be a busy week for IT administrators as Microsoft rolls out fixes for five critical vulnerabilities in its products -- including both Windows and Internet Explorer -- and as Adobe issues patches for similar flaws in its Reader and Acrobat ... programs. As part of its monthly Patch Tuesday update, Microsoft plans to release nine security bulletins on August 14, 2012. Five of those nine bulletins have been designated "critical", the Redmond, Washington-based firm's highest security rating. Windows, Internet Explorer Receive Updates Those five critical bulletins address serious ... (view more)

Fri
18
Nov
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Amazon's Kindle Fire Tablet Reviewed

The first hands-on reviews of Amazon's debut tablet device, the Kindle Fire , are beginning to appear. Their general theme is that the price is great, but the device itself could use some improvement. The Fire costs $199, approximately 60 per cent ... lower than Apple's iPad, and right on the consumer electronics price point at which mass market purchasers become more willing to try out new technology. Kindle Fire: Silky Smooth But Not Ultra Fast Most of the reviews claim that Amazon's highly promoted web browser for the Kindle Fire, Silk, is too slow. The browser actually displays web pages ... (view more)

Mon
03
Oct
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Infopackets Back Online; New Server, and More!

Dear Infopackets Readers, Our web server was shut down on September 23rd around 12:05AM EST as part of a mandatory upgrade (the operating system was no longer supported). Since the server was 6 years old, I decided to retire it and upgrade to a new ... server for the same cost. This also allowed me to upgrade my operating system at the same time (but also required all files be transferred and reinstalled to the new server). Not fun! Read on to find out exactly what happened over the course of the past 4 weeks. Connectivity Lost Starting September 21st Access to our website was blocked from ... (view more)

Fri
27
May
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Session Hijacking

In computer science, session hijacking is the exploitation of a valid computer session (commonly known as a "session key") used to gain unauthorized access to information or services in a computer system. For example, when a user logs in to a web ... site, the user's PC is tagged with a session key using a browser cookie (a cookie is a small file stored on the users PC that the browser reads). Any time the user requires access to a restricted area of a website (usually requiring login), the session key is extracted from the users' PC and compared to the key stored on the web server. If valid, the ... (view more)

Wed
05
Jan
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New Windows Exploit Opens Door to Total System Takeover

Microsoft has confirmed that a zero-day vulnerability exists in Windows XP, Vista, as well as Server 2003 and Server 2008. The bug, which first emerged in mid-December 2010, has evolved since the exploit was posted publicly. The bug was first ... discussed on December 15 at a security conference in South Korea. Since no one had yet exploited the vulnerability, there was not significant cause for concern. That's changed now that researcher Joshua Drake has released an exploit module via open-source penetration testing project, Metasploit. Exploit Opens Door to Total System Takeover Metasploit has ... (view more)

Fri
10
Sep
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Another Big Microsoft Patch Tuesday Due Next Week

Microsoft is preparing another large Patch Tuesday security release this month, issuing nine bulletins that address a total of thirteen vulnerabilities. These patches target flaws affecting the Windows operating system (OS), Internet Information ... Services, and popular business suite Microsoft Office. Importantly, four of the nine bulletins have been designated "critical," Microsoft's most serious rating. The other five are all marked "important" by the company's Security Response Center blog, Microsoft's second-highest rating. Windows XP Users Most At-Risk All three of the Redmond-based firm's ... (view more)

Tue
27
Jul
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Dell Warns of Malware-Riddled Motherboards

Dell has agreed to replace computer equipment that shipped with a data-stealing virus. The company is hoping to deal with the issue before any users suffer at the hand of criminals. Unlike most hacking attempts, which rely on accessing a victim's ... machine through an Internet connection, this incident brought up the possibility of whether or not malicious software was in fact being physically installed on machines at the factory. The issue only involves replacement parts for servers, however. These replacement parts are for computers that are primarily used to host websites and, in business ... (view more)

Tue
15
Jun
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Microsoft Outraged over XP Flaw Disclosure

Microsoft recent criticized Google for publicly disclosing a remote code execution vulnerability affecting Windows XP and Server 2003. The problem was first reported to Microsoft on June 5th, but most of the world knew about it only four days later. ... This did not sit well with Microsoft, as the company believes that they were ousted before any meaningful repairs could be made to combat the issue. Worse yet, the company believes that revealing the situation to the public could have put users in danger. Windows XP, 2003 Consumers At Risk In an emotionally-charged rebuttal, Microsoft spokesperson ... (view more)

Fri
19
Mar
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'Server Monitor', and 'GPU-Z'

Server Monitor Server Monitor monitors network connectivity to servers and reports downtime, network connection dropouts and high packet loss. This is a handy utility for any network administrator who wants to know when servers are offline and to ... minimize downtime. http://www.roadkil.net GPU-Z Similar to CPU-Z (also known as CPUid), GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you lots of information about your video card and GPU (graphics processing unit). http://www.techpowerup.com Today's fresh software picks were provided courtesy of Bob Helmer at Shell Extension City, in partnership ... (view more)

Wed
17
Feb
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Microsoft's Hotmail Back Online After Tuesday Outage

Critics this morning are wondering what impact an outage of Microsoft's Hotmail email service will have on consumers, who are increasingly leaning towards Google's Gmail and Yahoo! Mail. According to reports, yesterday at about 12:30pm Eastern Time, ... or 9:30am Pacific Time, Microsoft's Hotmail email service and the Windows Live Messenger instant messaging program both stopped working. Many users were barred from entering into their Hotmail or Messenger accounts, and at this time it's not 100 per cent clear what was behind the outage. Some initial reactions to the news included fears that the ... (view more)

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