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Windows Live Messenger for Mac 6.0

[tag]Messenger[/tag] 6.0 is now available for the Mac, download it here. It still does not support A/V, but they say it is coming in a future release.

By now, some of you have heard the news. Today we launched Messenger for Mac 6.0, our first Universal application! It includes some exciting things, like federation with Yahoo, the ability to show what I’m listening to on my iTunes and a spell checker (yea!) as well as features that have been long standing requests like support for animated and custom emoticons. However, I know a number of you are bound to ask: Where is A/V in Messenger for Mac!?!?

I said in my first blog entry that I’d try to shed light on how feature decisions get made, give you some examples, and address why A/V isn’t in this release. Source: Messenger: haves and hA/Ve nots

Messenger 6.0 allows you to interact with Yahoo! Messenger, it can display the “What I’m Listening To” from iTunes, has a spell checker and support for animated and custom icons. They said WLM and LCS, Live Communication Services, are not in sync, so instead of trying to A/V using two different sets of code, they are waiting until they sync up and move to a shared protocol in upcoming releases.

And so the blog entry of theirs announcing the release actually goes into detail on why audio/video isn’t there yet; they’ll be moving to a new protocol for both Windows Live Messenger and Live Communications Server, and they’d rather nto waste time implementing both the old any the new one. Now, that explanation makes sense now, but it didn’t for, oh, the past several years, when this very same request kept coming up. Perhaps they didn’t have the resources to do it, and now they finally do; that’s great. But still: if Yahoo! and Skype can pull it off, why can’t Microsoft, who are certainly five orders of a magnitude bigger than Skype? Source: MacBU stuff today.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - September 28, 2006 at 11:18 am

Categories: Apple, Microsoft News   Tags: ,

MS Messenger Block on Pif Files is Case Sensitive

Recently, Microsoft blocked the spreading of Trojans on the Messenger network by blocking .pif files, two out of the three viruses at the time were using .pif files to spread themselves. How did that work?

Not too Good!

Apparently, all the hackers had to do was change the extension to .PIF, or .Pif or .pIf, and the filters let the messages flow on through.

Each of the links lead to a different Trojan-downloader. The downloaders download a variety of adware and adware-related Trojans.

Moreover, IM-Worm.Win32.Licat.c is also downloaded, which in turn launches a new mass mailing of the original message. Nothing unusual, right?

Wrong! Both worms spread using links to .PIF files. But some of you might remember that Microsoft blocked messages containing “.pif”?

Yes they have, but… the MS block is case sensitive!

So the criminals used capital letters, “.PIF” and the network filters let the message flow right through. Other variations like .Pif, .pIf, and so on also work.

We have notified Microsoft of this and hope they take the necessary actions. In the meantime, users and admins should beware. Source: Analyst’s Diary via Security Fix

One of the best solutions for all instant messaging users is to only allow people on your buddy list to send you messages, while this wont block the viruses that your friends contract, it will at least block the ones from EVERYONE else. Then you still have to decide whether you really want to click on these links at all, it would probably be safest to message them back real quick and ask what it is, if they don’t know what link you are talking about, then they probably have a virus. As always, update your anti-virus, scan for spyware frequently and lets be careful out there.

Update: According to their weblog, here, MSN has fixed the problem with the different pid extensions working.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - September 25, 2006 at 11:59 am

Categories: Adware, Security, Virus Info   Tags: , ,