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Internet Explorer cumulative security patch

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WindowsIf you're using IE 5.01, 5.5 or 6, there's a cumulative security patch out, fixing a number of flaws in these browsers. If you think you are up to date on patches because Windows Update told you so, think again. You need this patch. Not only does the patch away with all known flaws so far, but it also takes care of six previously unpublished vulnerabilities.

The patch is discussed in detail in MS security bulletin MS02-005. If you are in a hurry, you can download it right away.

Or, you could always switch to Opera.
 

Opera 6.01 is out - this time its final

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WindowsOpera is out with its latest browser revision for the Windows platforms.

You can check out the list of updates in this package here, or just plain outright download it.
 
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Windows 2K security rollup package

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WindowsMicrosoft has made available the Windows 2000 Security Rollup Package, incorporating every security fix offered since the release of SP2 last may. The download is 17Mb. More info in Q311401 or on Microsoft Technet.

To use this, you need Win2K Professional, Server or Advanced Server. And of course, you also need to have Windows 2000 SP2 on the box before you apply the rollup package.

This is certainly Good News for all of us who completely lost track of what we took or not took from corporate.windowsupdate.microsoft.com, or doesn't want to (or are able to) maintain CD's with hundreds of patches.
 
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Shhh... Opera 6.01 beta is out!

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WindowsFor one reason or another, a beta release of Opera has been silently made available. The list of fixes is long indeed, and, as always, worth checking out.

No need to hush this down, Opera!

Update: Build 1026 is now available.
 
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The Windows XP UPnP vulnerability exposed

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WindowsIn a newsletter from Windows & .NET magazine, Paul Thurrott (news editor) sums up what went on behind the scenes in the now infamous case of the Windows XP UPnP security hole discovery by eEye.
 
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Hard stuff: editing video on XP

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WindowsBill Machrone from PC Magazine, tried editing a digital video, first on Windows Me, then on Windows XP. His wife commented afterwards: "How do normal people do this?".

Read about it on www.pcmag.com.
 
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What's a good newsreader?

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WindowsEver since I ditched Netscape 4.76 for browsing, I've been without a good newsreader for my Win2k box. The one in Opera doesn't quite cut it, so I need some advice on a good newsreader for Windows. Any feedback on this would be appreciated. So, air your thoughts, and contribute to my reentrance into Usenet :-)
 
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Exchange 2000 SP2 is out

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WindowsMicrosoft released Service Pack 2 for the Exchange 2000 server today. The biggest changes are in the Outlook Web Access component, enabling users to have pop-up reminders, better searching in mail and editing of distribution lists in the contacts folder. There's also better migration and archiving tools inside this SP.

Read the SP2 overview, or download it directly. KB Article Q311456 contains the release notes for this service pack.

SP2 is cumulative, meaning it contains SP1 and all the QFE patches that came after the release of SP1. The download is 189Mb, so you'd better not find yourself at the wrong end of a 33,6Kbps modem before attempting anything downloadish.
 
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IIS6 will ship with everything off

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WindowsAccording to an article in eWeek, a beta of Microsoft's IIS 6 turns on nothing by default after a clean install. That is, it serves only static pages, everything else will have to be turned on explicitly. This includes - ofcourse - ASP and what else MS comes up with during dotnet development.

For security, that's at least a good start. Now let's hope MS avoids all the other things that can compromise a web server. At one point, a web server will find itself on the internet serving up web pages. That's usually when the fun starts.
 
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Opera 6 for Windows released

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WindowsI guess it was pretty bugfree then, since the initial beta is barely 2 weeks old. Fetch it from the Opera download pages.
 
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