Source: CNet News
The outage also brought down for a while MSNBC.com and Newsweek.com, which has a hosting arrangement with the Microsoft-NBC news site.
Sunday's lack of access was the latest in a series of recent glitches affecting MSN Web sites or Passport online authentication services.
Patches are now available to repair a buffer overflow security vulnerability found recently in Microsoft's free MSN Chat, MSN Messenger and Microsoft Exchange Instant Messenger programs.
In a critical security bulletin Microsoft said the Chat and Instant Messenger programs have a flaw that would enable a hacker to break into computers.
In late March, Microsoft published a document that outlines how third-party developers can use Common Internet File Sharing (CIFS), a protocol developed by Microsoft that specifies how Windows PCs share files with servers.
Though publishing the document should make it easier to write software that incorporates CIFS, it contains a crucial restriction that has instead handcuffed some developers.
Source: National Post
Computers around the world would be more vulnerable to attack under antitrust sanctions sought by nine states against Microsoft Corp., a top executive of the software giant told federal court yesterday.
Microsoft group vice-president Jim Allchin said the states' proposals would open up sensitive technical information to computer hackers trying to break into corporate and government networks or unleash destructive viruses on the Internet.
Source: CNet News
L33tdawg: Well that's what robots.txt is supposed to help you with right? Controlling where crawler bots can and cannot index. But all the same, this whole problem could have been avoided if people didn't put their friggin word docs on a publically accessible webserver!