In today’s SecurityProNews, we take a look at a number of subjects concerning Microsoft updates, P2P lawsuits, and Microsoft lawsuits. The first subject deals with eight security-related updates issued by the Redmond company early today.
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Of the eight updates, five are considered to be critical. For more information, please read at the accompanying article.
In other news, not only is Microsoft working to secure their products, they are also going after those that sell counterfeit software and other related materials. To help stem the tide of non-legitimate software sales, Microsoft filed eight lawsuits in seven states against a number of software resellers.
Please read below for more information.
Enjoy the issue,
Chris Richardson, SecurityProNews Staff
A day after the SP2 block expired, Microsoft released a number of updates addressing security issues affecting Windows, Office, Messenger, and Exchange. Of the eight updates (five for Windows), five are considered to be critical.
All of the updates address security issues for the components they were released for. The five critical security patches fix vulnerabilities that would allow malicious users to take complete control of a system, whereas, the three other updates address general security vulnerabilities, but they are not rated “critical”.
The updates are as follows:
According to VNUNet.com, Microsoft has also re-released “two security bulletins: MS05-002 for users running Windows 98, 98 Second Edition and Windows ME; and MS05-009 for users running Windows Messenger.”
Please visit the Microsoft Security Home Page for more information.
RIAA Flexes Its Litigious Muscle Against 405 College Students
Today, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced they would be filing copyright infringement lawsuits against 405 college students at 18 different colleges across the country.
Instead of proactively embracing P2P technology, the RIAA continues its practice of reactive punishment for those it deems as copyright infringers. The students are accused of using a high-speed university computer network known as Internet2 in order to share music and movie files amongst one another. To facilitate their file sharing, the students developed a P2P client called “i2hub”.
Cary Sherman, President of the RIAA offers, “This next generation of the Internet is an extraordinarily exciting tool for researchers, technologists and many others with valuable legitimate uses. Yet, we cannot let this high-speed network become a zone of lawlessness where the normal rules don’t apply
“We cannot let rampant illegal downloading on Internet2 jeopardize this collaborative work. By taking this initial action, we are putting students and administrators everywhere on notice that there are consequences for unlawful uses of this special network.”
Yesterday, Microsoft announced the filing of eight lawsuits in seven different states aimed at punishing resellers of counterfeit software.
Microsoft filed the lawsuits in the states of California, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Alabama, Maryland and Rhode Island. The filings were made to combat copyright and trademark infringement made by a number software stores and resellers, which include:
Abacus Computer Corp., of Anaheim, Calif.; Avantek Inc., of Orlando, Fla.; First E-Commerce (dba Discount Electronics and/or DiscountElectronics.com), of Austin, Texas; M&S Computer Products Inc., of Boonton, N.J.; Micro Excell Inc., of Gadsden, Ala.; Odyssey Computers, of Pasadena, Md.; Signature PC, aka Signature Computers, of Warwick, R.I.; and Technology One, of Los Angeles.
The issue with these stores is that they were selling Microsoft software and related peripherals without the necessary Certificate of Authenticity (COA) labels.
Another was thought to be selling COA labels separately from the software it came with. Doing so violates the federal Anti-Counterfeiting Amendments Act of 2003, which was signed into law by President Bush on Dec. 23, 2004.