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Jan. 4th, 2006 @ 06:48 am Major threat to Windows PCs
Current Mood: scaredscared
Most of you will have heard of this already, just in case you haven't Please check it out.

CNN Report on Microsoft Vulnerability

and until Microsoft gets a patch out (RSN, really) you can find a fix here:

http://www.grc.com/sn/notes-020.htm

If you're interested in a detailed explanation of why this needs to be patched now, instead of waiting for the official patch, please check out:

SANS Internet Storm Center - Cooperative Cyber Threat Monitor and Alert system: WMF: Patches and workarounds explained

I should probably put a disclaimer in here about how applying any patch to you system is changing it and change can be bad on un-backed up systems, do this at your own risk,

But guys, read the articles, you'll get as scared as I am and apply the patches.

Be safe!
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From:deansavatar
Date:January 4th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for doing the leg work on this'n. I miss my techie friends
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From:thirdstreet
Date:January 4th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
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If any other class of product was so defective, there would be recalls, class-action suits, etc.

I'm surprised that nobody has launched a class action suit against MS for all the security holes in Windows.
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From:cordwainer
Date:January 4th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
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I agree with Thirdstreet on this... but then he and I use computers that work. :) So much easier to have a computer and OS that doesn't get spyware, viruses, or the like. There was a recent report that Norton Anti-Virus for the Mac actually made Macs vulnerable. I downloaded a demo of a product called MacScan by SecureMac, and so far it's not found anything amiss on my system, so I doubt I'll pay for the full version. (It's said if you keep your Mac updated regularly with software update, there's really no chance of vulnerabilities.) But, anyway, Windows users should certainly not be using IE etc. Firefox and Thunderbird are required products for Windows users who want to avoid spyware, viruses, spam, etc.

But, anyway, here's a funny clip that shows the history of Microsoft:
http://live.watchmactv.com/?p=143
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From:rurouni_ben
Date:January 5th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
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I'll second the Firefox motion. At first I didn't know what to make of everyone's claims but having used it for a year or two know I've seen a difference. Programs like AdAware and such have found very little sneaking through Firefox. I may not know much about the technical mumbo-jumbo but I can say that it's working. And that's good enough for me.
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From:cordwainer
Date:January 6th, 2006 09:05 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I like Firefox for the themes and extensions. I downloaded a whole family of themes called GrApple, that give Firefox icons a more Mac GUI look. And I have a great theme, Sage which is a great easy to organize feed aggregator. The about.com extension is also cool.
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From:rurouni_ben
Date:January 7th, 2006 09:42 am (UTC)
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The only thing I can't figure out how to do is how to get Thunderbird to accept my hotmail account.
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From:monissaw
Date:January 4th, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
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The patch doesn't work on Win 98 (I checked it again).

But the checker thing tells me my systems seem to be invulnerable to that exploit. Why this is, I' not sure.
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From:cardigirl
Date:January 6th, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
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*pats her iMac*