WinInfo Daily UPDATE, September 11, 2003

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1. In the News
- Here We Go Again: Microsoft Issues New Security Fix
- Microsoft to Unveil New Wireless Hardware, Mouse Devices, Keyboards Next Week

2. Announcements
- Find Your Next Job at Our IT Career Center
- Are You Ready for Exchange 2003?

3. Event
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4. Contact Us
- See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

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==== 1. In the News ====
by Paul Thurrott, [email protected]

Here We Go Again: Microsoft Issues New Security Fix
In July, Microsoft released a critical security fix, warning users that attackers could use the specified vulnerability to take over users' systems and wreak havoc on the Internet. A month later the infamous MSBlaster worm exploited that vulnerability. Yesterday, Microsoft released another critical security fix that fixes a vulnerability that's painfully similar to the one that led to MSBlaster. If you didn't feel sufficiently warned the first time around, take this warning to heart: You need to install this fix immediately.
The fix, one of three detailed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-039 (Buffer Overrun In RPCSS Service Could Allow Code Execution), supersedes and includes the fix for the earlier vulnerability, detailed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-026(Buffer Overrun In RPC Interface Could Allow Code Execution). As with the original vulnerability, the new vulnerability that MS03-039 fixes involves the remote procedure call (RPC) technology in various Windows NT-based Windows versions, including Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, Windows 2000, NT Workstation 4.0, NT Server 4.0, and NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition (WTS).
If you have a recent Windows version, you can simply download the patch from Windows Update or Auto Update, features that are included with your OS. For more information about the security patch or the other tools Microsoft offers to protect your system, visit the Microsoft Web site.

Microsoft to Unveil New Wireless Hardware, Mouse Devices, Keyboards Next Week
On September 16, Microsoft will unveil its second-generation Broadband Networking product line, which will feature 802.11g wireless products that run at 54Mbps, a dramatic improvement over the current line's 802.11b-based 11Mbps. In addition to the standard desktop and notebook computer wireless adapters and wireless base stations, Microsoft will also unveil an 802.11g-based Xbox Wireless Adapter that will let gamers access online multiplayer games wirelessly for the first time. The company will also unveil a new line of PC mouse devices and keyboards.
"Our new line of broadband networking devices will make their US debut featuring 802.11g, which is up to five times faster than 802.11b, the technology used in our original lineup that debuted in 2002," Tom Gibbons, general manager of the Hardware Group, said. "Wi-Fi technology is everywhere you look, whether over a cup of coffee at Starbucks or on the front page of the business section. In fact, latest analyst predictions indicate by the end of 2003, there will be 9.3 million Wi-Fi users worldwide, up from 2.5 million last year." Microsoft noted a Gartner study that predicts 31 million Wi-Fi users by 2007.
In addition to the new wireless hardware, which is entering a crowded market that embraced 802.11g months ago, Microsoft will also unveil new mouse and keyboard hardware next week. All the products are wireless, including the two standalone mouse devices--the Wireless Optical Mouse and Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer--and several mouse/keyboard combinations, such as the Wireless Optical Desktop Elite, Wireless Optical Desktop, Wireless Optical Desktop Pro, and Basic Wireless Optical Desktop. The new mouse devices feature interference-reducing wireless technology and dramatically better battery life than previous models--as much as 6 months, the company says. They also feature an innovative new scroll wheel, called the Tilt Wheel, which will let users scroll horizontally as well as vertically. In early 2004, the company will introduce wired versions of its new keyboards and mouse devices.

==== 2. Announcements ====
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