12/23/2006

First Exploit Of Windows Vista Spotted

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Proof-of-concept code for an unpatched vulnerability in all supported versions of Windows, including Vista, has gone public, prompting alerts from security vendors and a warning from its Russian discoverer that the flaw may be dangerous.

It is the first Windows Vista exploit made public since the operating system was released to volume license customers Nov. 30.

According Symantec and eEye Digital Security, the bug is a memory corruption vulnerability that pops up when the MessageBox function is called; eEye pegged the threat as “medium,” while Symantec labeled it as a “privilege escalation,” a type of threat generally considered low on the security scale. An attacker would need authorized access to a PC to exploit the bug.

Source: InformationWeek

Sun’s Looking Glass 3D Desktop Released

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Sun Microsystems this week released “Looking Glass,” a 3D desktop interface that provides an OS-neutral version of some of the elements found in OS X and Microsoft’s newly-released Vista OS.

Looking Glass, which was first shown off in 2003 and released as an open-source project in 2004, allows users to run a Java-based desktop environment on top of Windows, or on Linux or Solaris. The software allows certain applications to be run in a “2.5D” environment, allowing them to be rotated in 3D space to maximize the available desktop space.

The interface also includes a launch bar along the bottom middle of the screen, similar in appearance to the Apple OS X’s Dock.

Source: extremetech

IT Worker Wonderland

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

When the majority of people talk about work, it’s almost undoubtedly followed up with a complaint. From “Dilbert” comics to the movie “Office Space,” the grumblings are remarkably similar: too little pay, too many hours, no respect, bad chairs, mean bosses, stifled creativity, under-funded projects, lousy equipment and an assault of busy work.

Hearing enough of these grievances aired, it a wonder that workers don’t quit their jobs daily. Is the entire workforce this malcontent in their daily grinds or do only the squeaky wheels get attention?

Last month, eWEEK editorial asked more than a dozen IT professionals about the worst job they’d ever had and the seemingly most unusual thing happened: More than two-thirds came back saying they hadn’t had an IT job they didn’t like.

Had eWEEK stumbled upon a rare, unstudied breed of technology professional? Did these employees have no bosses, rake in millions or have 26 weeks of vacation a year? What could make such a large percentage of workers attach such positive feelings to their work?

When questioned further, their responses were remarkably unremarkable, but not because they were dull. Management support and treating workers like competent professionals doesn’t seem like rocket science, and yet it is uncommon enough in the workplace that it is hailed as bonus when employees run into it.

Source: eWeek

Web site allows Iranian Jews to mourn

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

As a young woman in Tehran during the 1970s, Susan Manavi never visited a cemetery, even after her grandparents were laid to rest a couple of years before Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. Although they were buried in a Jewish cemetery near the city, Manavi’s parents adhered to an Iranian cultural taboo that death and youth should be kept apart, so as not to tempt fate.

The 52-year-old Los Angeles woman first laid eyes on her grandparents’ headstones two months ago on the Web site Beheshtieh.com. The site has photographs of thousands of graves from Beheshtieh Cemetery.

“Looking at those graves took me back to our homeland and all the memories, sweet and bitter,” Manavi said. “The sweetness of everybody living side by side, rather harmoniously, and the bitterness of leaving and not knowing if you will ever be back.”

The site was developed by L.A. resident Shahram Avraham Farzan. He has cataloged the final resting place for generations of Tehran’s Jewish people.

Indexed alphabetically, the site provides an opportunity for e-mourning at a time when many Jews throughout the world feel antagonized by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The hardline conservative has repeatedly called for the annihilation of Israel, and most recently sponsored a conference denying the existence of the Holocaust.

Source: AP

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