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[News] [Rival] Server 2008/Vista/Vista 7 Code a Disaster, Still

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FYI: Not so funny Microsoft bug that hosed our company's product because
a "function randomly returns incorrect results". 

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| This applies to Server 2008 and Vista. The bug is in any API call to compare 
| unicode strings. Just so you understand an example of the hilarity that 
| ensued: "because of this problem, Exchange Server 2007 may stop responding or 
| may encounter index corruption." Hunting down this bug required epic QA 
| analysis, since the bug only happens "When the mapped section that has the 
| incorrect DACL settings is accessed by lots of threads at the same time". 
| Lots of threads? Really, Microsoft? One of the work-arounds was to disable 
| all but one processor. The bug caused one of our customers to get different 
| business reports depending on whether anyone had started up MS Paint during 
| the data analysis.         



Microsoft warns of web server flaw

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| The company has issued an advisory on the vulnerability, which affects 
| Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows  
| Server 2008. 
| [...]
| "The web server is widely used on the internet, and is a top pick by 
| web-hosting providers. We might see web-hosting providers targeted, and their 
| clients' websites breached."  


Microsoft Investigating LocalSystem Access Bug

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| Users on a given system can elevate their access privileges to LocalSystem in 
| Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008, Sisk 
| explained in an e-mail. It could cause havoc by giving an authenticated user 
| inappropriate write, delete, and change privileges. Â 


Critical patches coming for Vista, Server 2008

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| This month's Patch Tuesday fixes will include critical fixes for Microsoft's 
| flagship operating systems, the company has warned. 


The meaning of Microsoft Server 2008

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| Server 2008 looks like a bit of an odd duck - it doesnât meet the promises 
| made for âLonghornâ and âBlackcombeâ, itâs probably neither more reliable nor 
| more efficient than its 64 bit 2003/XP based predecessors, and unlike Vista 
| (with which it shares some code) the kernel changes amount to rather more 
| than just another point release in the NT schedule. Â Â
| [...]
| And that, I think, reflects Microsoftâs other strategic concern: that MacOS X 
| and Linux bracket Microsoftâs market and are both reaching out to the people 
| in the middle - the managers and MCSE decision makers who now consider Apple 
| too consumer oriented and Linux too technical. Â 

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