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Computer News for 5/20/2007

Symantec false positive cripples thousands of Chinese PCs A signature update to Symantec’s anti-virus software crippled thousands of Chinese PCs Friday when the security software took two critical Windows .dll files for [tag]malware[/tag].

According to numerous blog entries from Chinese computer users, a virus signature database seeded yesterday mistook two system files of a Chinese edition of Windows XP SP2 as a Trojan horse which Symantec dubs “Backdoor.Haxdoor.” The anti-virus software — Norton AntiVirus, for example, or the anti-virus component of the Norton 360 or Norton Internet Security suites — then quarantined the netapi32.dll and lsasrv.dll files.

“With these files removed, Windows XP will no longer start up, and even the system Safe Mode no longer functions,” said one user writing to the alt.comp.anti-virus newsgroup this morning.

Google Licenses Technology for 3D Maps Google has licensed technology that will enable [tag]Google[/tag] to map out 3-D versions of cities world wide.

According to a Mercury News report, the technology was developed by a team of Stanford University students and was used to run a robotic car that won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.

Although Google is the market leader in mapping, to date it has lagged behind Microsoft?s Virtual Earth in terms of 3-D functionality.

Dell announces the models for Ubuntu We will be launching a Linux based OS (Ubuntu) on the E520, 1505 and XPS 410 starting next Thursday, 5/24. We expect these systems to be less than 1% of our OS mix for the entire year which is ~20,000 systems annually. Please cover the huddle deck below with your team by EOB Sunday. If any questions come up, please let me know so I can address them before launch.

The goal of launching Linux is to continue to give our customers more choices to customize their new Dell. Providing more options to our Linux Enthusiast customer group will hopefully create even more Raving Fans!!

Governments using filters to censor Internet, survey finds With the aid of sophisticated software, government censorship of the Internet is spreading into a global phenomenon, with tech-savvy governments filtering forbidden themes from politics and human rights to sexuality and religion, according to a new academic survey of 40 countries.

In the past five years, the practice has grown beyond a handful of countries, including Iran, China and Saudi Arabia, to 26 nations that block a wide range of topics as they adopt filtering techniques, according to an OpenNet Initiative report to be issued Friday in Oxford, England.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - May 20, 2007 at 6:13 am

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Dell Decides on Ubuntu for it’s Linux Machines

Dell has decided to sell their Linux based PC’s with Ubuntu 7.04 installed. Dell has attempted to sell Linux based PC’s before from 1999 until 2001 when they canceled the program because of insufficient demand.

As part of an overall effort to update our Linux program, today we are announcing a partnership with Canonical to offer Ubuntu on select consumer desktop and notebook products.

This represents another step in the overall enhancement of our Linux program:

Since 1999, Dell PowerEdge servers have been available with Red Hat Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and since 2005 with Novell/SuSE Linux Enterprise Server.
Dell Precision workstations have shipped for years with the option of Red Hat Enterprise Linux
OptiPlex desktops and Latitude notebooks are certified to run Novell SLED 10
Dell updated its policy on driver support of new Linux desktop and notebook products to use open source drivers in where possible
We recently launched a Linux community board as another way to help our customers to get help they need to augment things we’ve been doing like supporting Linux mailing lists. Source: Dell to Offer Ubuntu 7.04

Around the end of May, Dell will begin selling the consumer-focused laptop and desktop models with Ubuntu’s new “Feisty Fawn” version of Linux installed. Dell announced the Linux move on Tuesday on its IdeaStorm site, which was launched in February to gather feedback directly from customers about what they want. And they wanted Linux.

From Between the Lines on ZDNet,

This is the same version of Ubuntu that has Adrian Kingsley-Hughes so excited. And if Adrian’s take is on target (gallery right) others may follow suit.

Now we’ve been hearing about potential for desktop Linux forever and it’s never panned out. The difference this time? It’s becoming easier to use and there’s enough software out there to replicate what you do with Windows. Source: Dell may give Ubuntu a mainstream lift

I can’t wait to check one out, send me one Dell and I would be happy to review it and send it back, after a couple years. ;)

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - May 1, 2007 at 6:32 pm

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Computer Security News

Here is a roundup of some of the top security stories on the net.

Amero sentencing pushed back to mid-May The scheduled sentencing for Julie Amero, the former Connecticut middle school teacher found guilty of exposing her students to internet pornography pop-ups, was pushed back again today – this time to May 18. These guys must be trying to regroup or something to keep from looking stupid when they get back into court.

The real security threats facing businesses Video of Mark Sunner, chief security analyst at MessageLabs, discussing some of the security problems businesses will have to deal with, like Next-generation bots, new scales of Trojans and the interweaving of social engineering.

Hackers tailor malware to individual businesses Video of F-Secure’s Hypponen talking about how high-profile businesses now face an evolution of traditional malware attacks as hackers write malicious code designed specifically to break through their defences, with antivirus unable to spot such intrusions.

Infosecurity: Convergence of spam and viruses detected in new attack Hackers have launched an attack that combines spam and viruses in a new global campaign, according to the latest report from MessageLabs.

Kaspersky: Mac and Linux viruses to rise “significantly” According to security expert Eugene Kaspersky, we are at the brink of seeing a significant rise in malware attacks on Mac and Linux platforms. So, are hackers ready to target a broad range of platforms or is this merely hyperbole from a security firm that wants to sell products?

Beware Of Google AdWords Account Hacks via Computer Exploit It appears that some external program gained access to his computer. The program then logged into his AdWords account, set up several ads that redirected to “places like and” and also tried to install “activex remote desktop program” on those computers through the redirects (to infect other computers). Then it blocked access for that computer to login into AdWords by setting the local host files to (which means if someone on that computer tries accessing, they get a not found). This prevents this computer from logging into Google AdWords to see if changed have been made to the account.

‘Evil twin’ Wi-Fi access points proliferate That’s the term for a Wi-Fi access point that appears to be a legitimate one offered on the premises, but actually has been set up by a hacker to eavesdrop on wireless communications among Internet surfers. Unfortunately, experts say there is little consumers can do to protect themselves, but enterprises may be in better shape.

5 Cheap But Effective Tips To Improve Security Periodically check for rogue wireless access points, plus four other simple, yet inexpensive, improvements you can implement to boost the security of your enterprise.

Web threats to surpass e-mail pests By next year, Internet users can expect more cyberattacks to originate from the Web than via e-mail, security firm Trend Micro predicts.

2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - April 25, 2007 at 12:43 pm

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Microsoft and Novell Sitting in a Tree….

Looks like Microsoft is starting to get the idea, work with companies and maybe you can make more money than trying to put them out of business. Microsoft and Novell have signed an agreement that will allow open source Linux, in this case Suse, to work with Microsoft software. They plan on developing a joint research facility to test and develop interoperable solutions, such as virtualization, where they can run virtualized Windows on Suse Linux and vice versa, they will work together to make it easier to manage mixed environments, and Novell will support the development of translators to help OpenOffice users benefit from Microsoft’s Open XML file format.

Microsoft will distribute coupons for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server maintenance and support, so that customers can benefit from the use of an interoperable version of Linux with patent coverage, as well as the collaborative work between the two companies. Although, I saw it mentioned on some blogs that they will still try to kill each other in the market place, but they will listen more when their customers tell them they want both.

Under the technical collaboration agreement, the companies will create a joint research facility and pursue new software solutions for virtualization, management and document format compatibility. These are potentially huge markets IDC projects the overall market for virtual machine software revenue to be more than $1.8 billion by 2009, and the overall market for distributed system management software to be $10.2 billion by 2010 and the companies believe their investment in interoperability will make their respective products more attractive to customers.

Under the patent cooperation agreement, both companies will make upfront payments in exchange for a release from any potential liability for use of each other’s patented intellectual property, with a net balancing payment from Microsoft to Novell reflecting the larger applicable volume of Microsoft’s product shipments. Novell will also make running royalty payments based on a percentage of its revenues from open source products.

Under the business collaboration agreement, the companies will pursue a variety of joint marketing activities to promote the adoption of the technologies they are collaborating on. In addition, Microsoft will purchase a quantity of coupons from Novell that entitle the recipient to a one-year subscription for maintenance and updates to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Microsoft will annually make available approximately 70,000 of these coupons to customers, with a mix of priority and standard support services. By providing its customers with these coupons, Microsoft is enabling companies to benefit from the use of the new software solutions developed through the collaborative research effort, as well as a version of Linux that is covered with respect to Microsoft?s intellectual property rights. Source: Microsoft

Todd Bishop at his Microsoft Blog noticed in the agreement that Novell will be making running royalty payments to Microsoft based on a percentage of its revenues from open source projects. In return, Microsoft will promote Novell’s Suse Linux to customers who decide to got he open source route.

A web cast will be available here.

The Wall Street Journal had this to say,

Microsoft has at times spooked the Linux community with statements that stressed it indemnifies Windows customers against claims of patent infringement. Some people in the open-source community regarded those statements as thinly veiled threats that it would eventually file patent-infringement suits against Linux users.

Microsoft’s move to embrace only Novell’s software could be seen by skeptics as a move to divide the Linux community. “There is bound to be some animus, just because of who Microsoft is,” said Daniel Ravicher, legal director of the Software Freedom Law Center, a public-service law firm that represents open-source developers. Source: WSJ

You can bet whatever the deal is, it will benefit Microsoft more than Novell.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - November 3, 2006 at 12:17 pm

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Enterprise Linux: Has it Arrived?

An analyst from Gartner says that Windows will not suffer on the server side because of Linux, at least over the next five years anyway.

While Linux would account for some $12 billion in worldwide server operating system revenue in five years time, significantly up from the $8.3 billion predicted for 2006, Unix worldwide server operating system revenue was expected to come in at $15.9 billion by 2011, with Windows revenue leading the pack at $22.5 billion, Weiss said.

Security was also not much of a differentiator between Windows, Linux and Unix, Weiss said, noting that by 2011 it was unlikely that Red Hat would become the “Microsoft for Linux,” despite the extraordinary growth rate it has been experiencing.

He said Linux is going through a maturation process, in that 90% of all contributions to the kernel coming from vendors and distributors. And even though Red Hat holds a major share of the distributions, it is facing increased competition from Security was also not much of a differentiator between Windows, Linux and Unix, Weiss said, noting that by 2011 it was unlikely that Red Hat would become the “Microsoft for Linux,” despite the extraordinary growth rate it has been experiencing.

It’s a good read, click here

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - September 30, 2006 at 6:45 pm

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