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December 8, 2006

TGIF, December 8, 2006

Posted by David Hunter at 6:24 PM ET.

Microsoft news notes with a TGIF flavor:

From the More Here Than Meets The Eye Dept.Microsoft sues Quincy to protect server farm plans:

EPHRATA, Wash. Microsoft is suing the city of Quincy to block a public records request for building plans for a data storage center the company is building.

Microsoft says the request would disclose confidential data. The city received the Open Records request from an engineering-architectural firm. The request was withdrawn in response to the lawsuit.

Regardless, Microsoft still wants a court order blocking any future requests.

And in the ever popular Pesky Crackers CategoryPirates crack Vista Activation Server:

Pirates have released another ingenious workaround to Vista’s copy protection: a hacked copy of Microsoft’s yet-to-be-released volume licencing activation server, running in VMware.

In the same vein, next Tuesday marks the joyous arrival of yet another Patch Tuesday:

Microsoft will issue six security patches next Tuesday, of which at least two will have a rating of critical. Missing from this list is a patch for a recently discovered zero-day flaw in Word: no updates are scheduled for the Office suite.

All of the patches except one will fix various issues for the Windows operating system, with one of those being critical. The sixth will be a critical patch for users of Microsoft’s Visual Studio programming application.

The zero-day exploit for Word is nasty (don’t open any Word files of uncertain provenance) and there’s another exploit for Windows Media Player that’s also under investigation.

Last but not least, here’s a puzzle from the Entertainment Section: Watch the first Vista TV ad and figure out where the hundreds of millions of marketing dollars are going. Well, at least the ad doesn’t have the Ms. Dewey problem. So far. Previous Ms. Dewey fun here.

Filed under General Business, Legal, Licensing, Marketing, Microsoft, Patch Tuesday, Piracy, Real Estate, Security

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One Response to “TGIF, December 8, 2006”

  1. Microsoft news odds and ends, December 12, 2006 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft snuck in a patch for a critical zero-day Windows Media exploit in today’s Patch Tuesday package. Mentioned previously here. On the other hand, there’s a new zero day exploit for Microsoft Word. [...]

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