Source: OS Opinion
Last month, when a gaping security hole was found in Internet Explorer that could allow a hacker to take control of a user's hard drive, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) initially labeled the flaw's severity "moderate."
The exploit affected all Windows users running IE versions 5.5 or 6.0, and potentially those using Outlook or Outlook Express. It enabled hackers to gain access to users' computers by luring visitors to a booby-trapped Web page.
Source: Security Focus
eEye security researcher Derek Soeder was moved to verse after analysing a complicated - and not particularly devastating - heap corruption vulnerability involving the way Windows handles PNG image format files.
An advisory by eEye begins thus:
Twas the night before Christmas, and deep in IE
A creature was stirring, a vulnerability
MS02-066 was posted on the website with care
In hopes that Team eEye would not see it there
As Sun Microsystems, AOL Time Warner and Oracle struggle with low stock prices, revenue declines and layoffs, the company they all love to hate had a phenomenal year.
Microsoft rang up record revenue in its most recent quarter, launched a flashy new video-game service and rolled out the Tablet PC, a pet project of chairman Bill Gates.