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Naga Royal Guard
12-24-2004, 12:25 PM
Wednesday, December 22 2004 <p>Net worm using Google to spread - [General]<br>Submitted by Eagle101 on 12/22/2004 8:47:12 PM 3 Comments<p>A Web worm that identifies potential victims by searching Google is spreading among online bulletin boards using a vulnerable version of the program phpBB, security professionals said on Tuesday.<p>The Santy worm uses a flaw in the widely used community forum software known as the PHP Bulletin Board (phpBB) to spread, according to updated analyses. The worm searches Google for sites using a vulnerable version of the software, antivirus firm Kaspersky said in a statement.<p>Almost 40,000 sites may have already been infected. Using Microsoft's Search engine to scan for the phrase "NeverEverNoSanity"--part of the defacement text that the Santy worm uses to replace files on infected Web sites--returns nearly 39,000 hits.<p>The worm sends Google a specific search request, essentially asking for a list of vulnerable sites. Armed with the list, the worm then attempts to spread to those sites using a PHP request designed to exploit the phpBB bulletin board software.<p>Source: C|NET<p><br>EU upholds penalties against Microsoft - [General]<br>Submitted by Eagle101 on 12/22/2004 8:43:57 PM 11 Comments<p>A European court on Wednesday dealt a blow to Microsoft, ordering the company to start offering a version of Windows without a bundled-in media player.<p>The Commission ruled in March that the software giant used its monopoly in operating systems to try to manipulate the markets for media players and work group server operating systems. It ordered the company to offer a version of Windows without its bundled media player and to share more technical detail with rivals--orders that will now go into effect.<p>"The evidence adduced by Microsoft is not sufficient to show that implementation of the remedies imposed by the Commission might cause serious and irreparable damage," the court said in a statement. The company, however, has the right to appeal Wednesday's decision to the president of the European Court of Justice. Any appeal would have to be lodged within the next two months. <p>source: C/net <p>I managed to install windows xp w/o media player, and so what if i cant watch streams on it; fuk it, i dotn want that sh** on my comp

pcread
12-26-2004, 07:01 AM
So now MS have to sell 2 versions of XP; one with WMP and one without it. Same price. Which do you think customers are going to choose?

Naga Royal Guard
12-26-2004, 09:01 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>pcread</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">So now MS have to sell 2 versions of XP; one with WMP and one without it. Same price. Which do you think customers are going to choose?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>now that you mention it, the XP w/o the MP ( its not hard to remove, just only microsoft knows) will be sold in some obscure page of their website that constatnly never changes and will always be " out of stock" with a substitution of the standard XP w/ a complementary verstion of "MP" <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/angry.gif" BORDER="0">

RikfromBelgium
12-27-2004, 10:18 AM
Indeed, on TV it looks great and hard, but in reality Gates propably won't lose a penny