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Re: Did Roy S. miss this one by George Ou?

  • Subject: Re: Did Roy S. miss this one by George Ou?
  • From: Sinister Midget <phydeaux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 09:57:52 GMT
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On 2006-10-18, Erik Funkenbusch <erik@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> posted something concerning:
> On 17 Oct 2006 16:08:52 -0700, peterwn wrote:
>> DFS wrote:
>>> A Vista kill switch would be good for Linux
>>> http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=339
>> Roy does what he can, but there is so much good news about Linux that
>> he cannot be expected to keep up with it all.
> It's amazing that he misses stuff like this:
> http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061015-7992.html
> Microsoft's PDF-killer heads towards standards body 
> "Now in a move to appease EU regulators, Microsoft is going to step things
> up a notch and try to push XPS through as a standard. For Adobe, this could
> ultimately make XPS more¡Xnot less¡Xpopular."

   Until details of Microsoft plans are available, it's difficult to
   say how XPS will ultimately be positioned by the company. We do
   wonder if the EU hasn't in effect made XPS that much more of a PDF
   competitor, however, by leading Microsoft to adopt more open
   licensing. If Adobe had hoped that the EU would ask Microsoft to
   remove XPS from Vista, the end result is probably the farthest thing
   from what they wanted.

Since they made a *promise* that hasn't actually seen the light of day,
everything in the article amounts to speculation about what MS *might*
do. That could mean nothing at all as well.

Notice the words "until" and "wonder" used there. They are *guessing*
what may happen.

> and he's also miraculously missed this:
> http://download2.rapid7.com/r7-0025/
> "The NVIDIA Binary Graphics Driver for Linux is vulnerable to a buffer
> overflow that allows an attacker to run arbitrary code as root. This bug
> can be exploited both locally or remotely (via a remote X client or an X
> client which visits a malicious web page). A working proof-of-concept root
> exploit is included with this advisory."

You read this one, huh? What's required?

I'll be sure not to share the X server to anybody (something I only did
once, to my son), especially not to anybody I don't trust.

> Or this:
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6058512.stm
> "Microsoft has agreed to provide code so that software companies can
> provide their own security add-ons to its Vista operating system."

There's that "agreed to provide" again. MS "agreed to" do a lot of
things that they later slithered out on, or for which the world is
still waiting.

> Funny how that works...


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