Hackers are actively exploiting a critical vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows operating system that allows them to remotely execute malicious code when victims visit a booby-trapped website.
"These attacks are being distributed both via malicious web pages intended for Internet Explorer users and through Office documents," Andrew Lyons, a Google security engineer, wrote in a blog post published Tuesday. "Users running Windows XP up to and including Windows 7 are known to be vulnerable."
The Windows 8 Release Preview arrived ahead of schedule, and I've spent the past week pounding on it. For those of you accustomed to the earlier Consumer Preview, many of the changes hardly rate a yawn. But some show that Microsoft's not down for the count just yet.
All Windows 8 licensed hardware will be shipping with secure boot enabled by default in their replacement for the BIOS, Unfied Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). So far, so good, who doesn’t want more security? The fly in the soup is that by default only Windows 8 will run on these systems, so no Linux, no BSD, heck, no Windows XP for that matter. Fedora Linux, Red Hat’s community distribution, has found a way: sign up with Microsoft, via Verisign to make their own Windows 8 system compatible UEFI secure boot key. A lot of Linux people hate this compromise.
When Microsoft delivered the near-final Release Candidate (RC) of Windows Server 2012 on May 31, company officials told me there were no new features introduced to the product since the beta hit in late February.
So does that mean Windows Server 2012 is, for all intents and purposes, “done” — as opposed to Windows 8 client, which is still being modified considerably even though the Softies are calling it “feature-complete”? In a word, yes.
Every Windows computer needs a beginners programming language. Those of us from the DOS days can look back fondly on QBasic. From learning how to program, to just having a quick and easy scripting language that a business user can use to write some simple app in a few minutes, a beginners language makes sense. So what beginners programming language might fit the bill for Windows 8? Microsoft's own Small Basic!