Microsoft is Having a Big Patch Tuesday – Webcast Announced

For October we are releasing 13 bulletins (eight critical and five important), addressing 34 vulnerabilities, affecting Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Silverlight, Forefront, Developer Tools, and SQL Server. Most of these updates require a restart so please factor that into your deployment planning.  For more information visit the Advanced Notification page on the MSRC blog Also,…

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Microsoft Gets Top Marks in SAML 2.0 Interoperability

Microsoft security experts have never really been fans of SAML, a markup language, that is crucial to many e-government initiatives and SSO models.  The problem with SAML is that it is obese and almost no one had a full implementation of it until recently, yet it was always Microsoft that receive the brunt of the…

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Windows 7 SKUs Not That Bad But I Want Bitlocker Lite

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2009/feb09/02-03Win7SKU-QA.mspx My initial reaction to this was very negative.  Can Microsoft really “screw up” again?  But the more I thought about it, more it became clear that if Microsoft pushes the marketing dollars in the right places, namely Home Premium and Professional, then there shouldn’t be a real issue with the number of SKUs. There…

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IE Patch Release – Fixes Data Binding Issues

All IE users can now rejoice.  If you read my post, feel free to ignore the advice found there.  If you haven’t run Windows Update and patched your machine, you can now download appropriate patches manually.  The patches are organized by OS with all applicable versions of IE in chronological order.   Oh yeah, you can…

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PWC Says UK Executives Don’t Get Security

Price Waterhouse Coopers has released their 2008 Global State of Information Security Study titled “safeguarding the new currency of business.”  The report called out the UK and the neighbour across the channel, France, for failing to make meaningful progress in the areas of compliance testing, secure technology disposal, privacy, and identity.  The report states that…

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Spoon Feed Your Geek Brain With April Webcasts

Here are a list of interesting Webcasts in April!    TechNet 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 24 Hours of SQL Server 2008 Windows Mobile: Delivering Advanced Communications and Mobile Applications Securing Your Environment by Collaborating Effectively   MSDN Explore the New Features of Visual Studio 2008 Windows Server 2008: Discover Valuable New Functionality  …

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If Your Organization is Still Running Internet Explorer 6 (IE6), READ THIS!!!

  This is going to be one of those months.  Most of you all knew it was coming with the announcement a few months ago.  Be aware this only applies to WSUS customers who have changed the default setting.  What does this mean for your apps?  Well if you haven’t tested all your internet apps…

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Enterprise Document Security with MOICE – Part I

Last year was a big year for Office documents. Office 2007 was launched, Office Open XML became an ECMA standard, and the security group for Office released a major service pack for Office 2003. Last year was also a big year for hackers who found one of the few remaining “Trojan horses,” in desktop security,…

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Office 2003 SP3 Legacy File Formats Disabled

This is a public service announcement that by installing Office 2003 SP3, the ability to open and save older legacy file formats will be blocked.  The reason for this decision is strictly for security reasons.  Some older file formats including some from Microsoft are insecure and do not satisfy new attack vectors that hackers can…

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Microsoft’s New Year is Gonna Bring a lot of Change

Bink.nu has an extensive list of new software that Microsoft will be unleashing in the marketplace.  It is amazing to be part of this company during a time where there has been just a dramatic change in product life-cycles.  This is in stark contrast to the Microsoft of six years ago that was somewhat stagnant…

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