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Windows-Help.NET Newsletter13 Nov. 1999, Vol 2 No. 45

 DOJ vs. Microsoft: Findings of Fact

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson published a 207-page Findings of Fact, finishing another chapter (not the last) in the DOJ vs. Microsoft court case. Many people are already jumping to all sorts of conclusions, and trying to guess what is going to happen next. The finding by federal judge Thomas Penfield Jackson that it is a fact that Microsoft enjoys monopoly power in the market for Intel-compatible personal computer systems doesn't matter. There have been no conclusions of law and won't be for months. And until then, no one can use this "fact" against it in a court of law.

You can find Microsoft's response on their Web site.

Want to share your thoughts on this? Head over to our Discussion forum.

New RealNetworks Privacy Flaw

A new security flaw has been discovered in one of the most popular programs used to access music and video over the Internet. Experts say a privacy glitch in RealNetworks' RealPlayer program means it could secretly collect information about its millions of users.

As I reported to you last week, RealNetworks released a patch after it was revealed that its RealJukebox software suffered from a similar problem.

RealNetworks has updated RealPlayer to version 7, and according to the RealNetworks Consumer Software Privacy Statement "In RealPlayer 7 we are ensuring that no personal data is sent to RealNetworks that will be tracked to individual viewing or listening habits. We are informing consumers of the option for them to turn on a unique identifier for purposes of accessing restricted content, but only after they have made an informed decision about their personal privacy."

You can download the new version 7 from the RealNetworks Web site.

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A new worm, VBS/Bubbleboy, sets new (troubling) standards

Providers of Internet security solutions, announced the first virus found which activates by opening an e-mail message. VBS/Bubbleboy is the very first worm that is able to infect without opening an attachment.



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  Microsoft Security

Patch Available for "File Access URL" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows 95 or Windows 98. The vulnerability could allow a malicious web site or e-mail message to cause the Windows machine to crash, or to run arbitrary code.

Affected Software Versions

  • The buffer overrun is present in the networking software in all versions of Windows 95 and Windows 98.

More information

Patch Available for "Active Setup Control" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a vulnerability that could allow a malicious user to embed an unsafe executable within an email and disguise it as a safe type of attachment. Through a complicated series of steps, the unsafe executable could be made to execute under certain conditions, if the user opened the attachment.

Affected Software Versions

  • The affected ActiveX control ships as part of Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 and 5

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  Web site updates

These pages were added/updated in the past week. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.
Added: Patch Available for "File Access URL" Vulnerability
Added: Patch Available for "Active Setup Control" Vulnerability
Added: Speed up your PC with a Larger, Faster Hard Drive
Added: A new worm, VBS/Bubbleboy, sets new (troubling) standards
Updated: Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles dealing with Internet Connection Sharing
Updated: Patch Available for "Virtual Machine Verifier" Vulnerability
Updated: Patch Available for Internet Explorer 5 "IFRAME ExecCommand" vulnerability


Windows 95
Updated: Internet Explorer 4 Tip: Security Patches
Updated: Setting the default Windows Explorer view

Windows 98
Updated: Internet Explorer 5 Tip: Security Patches
Updated: Internet Explorer 4 Tip: Security Patches
Updated: Problems Accessing Windows Update

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