Microsoft Corp. on Friday upgraded the severity rating of its most recent cumulative patch for Internet Explorer after a security researcher posted to a mailing list information that showed a new flaw was more serious than the software giant realized.
The patch, released last Wednesday, fixes a vulnerability in IE 5.5 and 6.0 in the browser's cross-domain security model. The software performs incomplete security checks when certain object caching techniques are used in Web pages.
Microsoft announced on Monday an upcoming set of developer tools, code-named "Visual Studio Tools for Office," which enable the creation of applications that run in Microsoft Word and Excel. Developers will be able to write code in Visual Basic .NET and Visual C# that executes behind documents and takes advantage of Office 11's XML support.
Microsoft issued a patch to fix a flaw in Internet Explorer that it said poses only a "moderate" risk to users. Security experts, however, say the vulnerability is serious and could be exploited to take over a user's machine.
The federal judge overseeing Sun Microsystems' request for an injunction against Microsoft found several comparisons between the software companies and the world of athletics.
U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz compared Microsoft's treatment of Sun to Tonya Harding's knee-capping attack on rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, as well as a crooked baseball game between Baltimore and New York.