Funny Symantec Update For Simplyfied Chinese XP Users

According to the Chinese Internet Security Response Team (CISRT), users of Norton Antivirus, Norton Internet Security 2007 and Norton 360, who installed an antivirus signature update released by Symantec on May 17, could not reboot their PCs. The update reportedly mistook two Windows system files–“netapi32.dll” and “lsasrv.dll”–as the Backdoor.Haxdoo Trojan horse. The two files were subsequently quarantined.

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CISRT said the flawed Symantec update only affects users of the Simplified Chinese version of Windows XP Service Pack 2 that have been patched with a particular Microsoft software fix available since November 2006.

CISRT noted that this issue has had a “huge” effect on Chinese PC users. It reported that more than 7,000 PC users have asked Chinese antivirus software Rising Antivirus for help in resolving the issue.

A spokesperson at Symantec Asia-Pacific and Japan confirmed the occurrence of the incident, but declined to reveal the number of Chinese Norton customers who were affected.

According to Symantec, the problem was caused when Symantec made a change to the automated process used by the company’s security response team to detect malware.

The spokesperson explained: “Symantec Security Response uses a variety of automated systems to complement manual analysis in order to provide rapid response times to new threats. The automated processes have run successfully for several years and have allowed Symantec Security Response to dramatically increase the number of high quality malware detections it’s able to provide, especially with the continued increase in the number of threats faced by customers.

“In response to the increased use of encryption in malware, a change was made to the automation recently to deal with these malware more effectively. This inadvertently resulted in a change to a single definition used by the automated system and subsequently led to two files being falsely detected as malware,” she added.

Symantec said the false detection was immediately removed from the virus signature definitions. Symantec security experts then initiated a LiveUpdate–the company’s automated software update process–posting to include the updated definitions. This LiveUpdate became publicly available at 22:50 (Pacific Standard Time) on May 17, about 4.5 hours after Symantec was notified of this issue.

Over the past two days, Symantec said, it has been reaching out to its customers and partners, to provide them with the updated file definition and the necessary steps to prevent further issues.

According to Symantec China’s Web site, affected customers can resolve the problem by initiating another LiveUpdate, if they have not restarted their PCs after installing the flawed update. Systems that have already been restarted can be returned to the previous state by recovering the two system files from the Windows XP CD.

The latest incident follows earlier foul-ups by antivirus software vendors. In February this year, Trend Micro said a security flaw in its antivirus software could cause a PC to be non-responsive, or allow an attacker to remotely execute code and take control of a system. Later in March, Microsoft also incurred the wrath of Windows Live OneCare users, who had their e-mail messages in Outlook and Outlook Express deleted by the Microsoft antivirus software.

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WordPress 2.2 Releases

Well You will think i’m writing after 13 hours of writing why , well I think to post it earlier but i thought that i’ll upgrade then i’ll post . So the mishap starts happening i deleted the old installation so that i can copy fresh files . But due to My crappy INTERNET CONNECTION , I was unable to upload files and My site seems to be sunked . But A Special Thanks to My College ADMIN That they provide me their limited connection for UPLOADING Files . I’ll really thankfull to My principal sir that he allows me to do this work .

Now after upgrading I’m writing about it from my home :-D.

WordPress 2.2 Released

Goodies:

  • WordPress Widgets allow you to easily rearrange and customize areas of your weblog (usually sidebars) with drag-and-drop simplicity. This functionality was originally available as a plugin Widgets are now included by default in the core code, significantly cleaned up, and enabled for the default themes.
  • Full Atom support, including updating our Atom feeds to use the 1.0 standard spec and including an implementation of the Atom Publishing API to complement our XML-RPC interface.
  • A new Blogger importer that is able to handle the latest version of Google’s Blogger product and seamlessly import posts and comments without any user interaction beyond entering your login.
  • Infinite comment stream, meaning that on your Edit Comments page when you delete or spam a comment using the AJAX links under each comment it will bring in another comment in the background so you always have 20 items on the page. (I know it sounds geeky, but try it!)
  • We now protect you from activating a plugin or editing a file that will break your blog.

Developer Features:

  • A new set of WordPress-specific XML-RPC APIs that allow for editing pages, setting categories, and much more.
  • We now use jQuery for a number of internal functions, and hope to transition all of our JS to use it. (We still need volunteers for this.)
  • Comment feeds now support multiple formats, including Atom.
  • Our internal mail functions now use phpMailer, which allows for things like SMTP support.
  • You can now set database collation and character set in your config file.
  • You can also hardcode your site and WP URL in the config file, overriding the values in the DB.
  • Finally we’ve increased the inline documentation of a number of functions inside of WP, which should help you navigate those parts of the code.
  • Core plugin and filter speed optimizations should make everything feel a bit more snappy and lighter on your server.
  • We’ve added a hook for WYSIWYG support in a future version of Safari.

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iPod user Beware

This is Info to all iPod User that using a iPod may contain Some health risk . According to a study Closureness to an iPod?cause?electrical interference?upto 50% in?pacemaker?due to electromagnetic interference.

The study was conducted at the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Institute at Michigan State University across 100 patients with an average age of 77, all equipped with implanted pacemaker devices. Thakers somewhat worrying results (which only focused on the iPod, and not the effects of other digital portable music players), were presented on Thursday at the annual meeting off the Heart Rhythm Society in Denver, Colorado.

While the test results are worth noting, the study’s senior author, Dr. Krit Jongnarangsin (who is also an assistant professor at the University of Michigan’s Division of Cardiovascular Medicine) conceded that the patient and age demographic generally associated with iPod use doesn’t coincide with the related demographic of those fitted with pacemakers, and therefore actual figures connected to possible misdiagnosis are hard to amass.

“Most pacemaker patients are not iPod users,” said Jongnarangsin in a Reuters report. “This needs to be studied more.”

?Collected?from?various?sources

Microsoft Critical Update

Following are the?Vulnerabilities?for?which?updates?have?been?done

Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (934233)?

Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word Could Allow Remote Code Execution (934232)

Vulnerability in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (934873)?

Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Could Allow Remote Code Execution (931832)?

Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (931768)

Vulnerability in CAPICOM Could Allow Remote Code Execution (931906)

Vulnerability in RPC on Windows DNS Server Could Allow Remote Code Execution (935966)

Winrar Easter Egg

Well to start with Winrar Easter eggs You will need to have winrar which can be downloaded from HERE . Please note that this easter eggs works on most of the edition of the winrar .

Easter Egg #1

Open Winrar
Go to HELP menu
Click On About Winrar
Click on the BOOK or the Diagram on the left side
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And You will now see that object is falling and bouncing up and then falling with producing sound on touching the ground
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Easter Egg #2
Open Winrar
Go to HELP menu
Click On About Winrar
Click on the WINRAR image on the TOP
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you will see the animating background and also you will able to see the SAIL ship If you will concentrate there

Special Thanks to AJAY For supplying the Pictures

Microsoft Starts Merging Talk With Yahoo

To Compete with Google, Both Microsoft and the Yahoo started merger talk. According to The New York Post Microsoft asked yahoo’s business for $50 Bn .?Both of the companies suffered huge losses in last few years. According to some news Microsoft has technical expertise that might benefit Yahoo!, one of the world’s most popular websites and capable of attracting millions of consumers a day. Last year, Yahoo! suffered because of its failure to convert to a new online advertisement system that was designed to close the gap with Google. So far, that system, which was codenamed Project Panama, has not boosted the company’s revenues. In addition, Yahoo! is facing increased competition to sell advertisers the graphical display ads that have been a large source of its income.

?Meanwhile, a merger could help Microsoft confront the key challenge of attracting advertisers to its online businesses. While the company has been working for the past few years to develop the technical ability to broker online advertisements, it has failed to attract sufficient business.

The two companies declined to comment on the reports yesterday. A spokesman for Yahoo! said: “We don’t discuss market rumors or speculation.” Analysts said that such a merger could yet be blocked by senior executives at Yahoo!. Co-founder Jerry Yang has a reputation of disliking Microsoft, even to the extent of avoiding using its products. Senior staff might also consider leaving if a takeover triggered a divestment of their stock options with the company. But I think that both of the companies already started merging as their IM Clients together which was big news for IMing world.

Source: – http://news.independent.co.uk/business/news/article2514345.ece

Yahoo Closing Yahoo Photos

Yahoo is closing down Yahoo photos , and yahoo is asking their user to shift to its photo sharing site called flickr . All the millions user will get the notification in the month of June to how to shift to flickr .

Yahoo Photos is a more conventional photo-finishing site, full of family snapshots, while Flickr has attracted a passionate fan base of amateur and professional photographers who use the site to share digital photos online, and for whom printing is largely an afterthought.

According to data from comScore supplied by Yahoo a year ago, Yahoo Photos counted 30 million registered users, who had uploaded two billion photos as of June 2006.

source :-New york times