22nd > February > 2002 Archive

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Checkout the OS-free PCs at walmart.com

We are indebted to CNET for the news that walmart.com is to experiment with selling PCs without operating systems i.e. a whole lot cheaper than their Windows-loaded counterparts.
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US Air traffic safe from hackers – FAA

Computer security weaknesses in the U.S. air traffic control network that have dogged the Federal Aviation Administration since 1998 have been substantially closed, the FAA's CIO said Thursday, but the agency needs more funding to continue the effort. "I think we've made a lot of progress in the last couple of years," said …
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Most SNMP vulns quietly lurking

It's been over a week since CERT released a seemingly endless list of devices and software products containing SNMP vulnerabilities discovered by Finnish University of Oulu researchers, and to date very little bad has happened, no doubt to the disappointment of most news agencies. As the story drops off the media radar screen, it's important to keep in mind that threats to your system can't be measured by the amount of mainstream press coverage they receive.
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Three new MS security holes – two nasty

First up, the mildest of the three. Microsoft XML Core Services (MSXML) may ignore IE security zone settings during a request for data from a Web site, meaning that an attacker could request data from the user's local drive. It would be necessary for the attacker to know the path to the file being sought, and he would have only read privileges. HTML e-mail seems not to be vulnerable to this sort of attack. The hole exists in the XMLHTTP ActiveX control, which "allows Web pages to send and receive XML data via HTTP operations such as POST, GET, and PUT." Supposedly there are security mechanisms to prevent abuse, but they're obviously not quite comprehensive.
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NTL Sells Aussie unit for $442m

NTL Inc, the debt-laden cable operator, is to sell its Australian business to the Macquarie Bank for $442m cash, eliminating $118m of bank debt from its balance sheet and allowing the company to focus on the European market. NTL Australia's network passes 98% of the country's population, and generated $62m revenue and $27m …
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V21 to hand cash to Barnardo's

The boss of Surrey-based ISP V21 has pledged to donate cash to children’s charity Barnardo’s.

Sun goes after Windows NT base With Cobalt servers

Sun Microsystems this week announced a program to convince customers using Intel-based servers running Microsoft Windows NT to support infrastructure workloads such as web serving to move to its Linux-based Cobalt RaQ or Qube server appliances, Timothy Prickett Morgan writes. Sun hopes to tap into a large customer base, …
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CA cans updates for free personal AV package

Computer Associates (CA) is to cease providing updates for its free InoculateIT Personal Edition (IPE) anti-virus software on May 15.

Compaq pumps up AlphaServer 4-way benchmarks

Unix server vendors just love benchmarks, which means, we guess that their corporate clients think they're pretty important to.
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TUPE or not TUPE, that is not the question

Computacenter and BT fall foul of TUPE?
BT, 22 2002
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Beware the bogus domain sellers

Punters are warned to be on their guard against dodgy domain name sales tactics.