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  • Stephen Elop may yet want to climb back on burning platform

    Posted February 23, 2011 - 12:19 am

    Remember how Nokia CEO Stephen Elop likened the Finnish cellphone maker's disintegrating market situation to a man standing on a burning oil platform in the middle of the North Sea? And that when standing on a burning platform, making a leap into the unknown -- however foreboding -- is the only sensible option?
  • Microsoft takes second shot at fixing Outlook 2007 bugs

    Posted February 7, 2011 - 3:58 pm

    Microsoft will take yet another crack this month at fixing a December update for Outlook 2007, the company said last week.
  • FedEx suffers nationwide software glitch on mobile package delivery processing

    Posted February 7, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    FedEx package-delivery personnel across the United States have been reduced to inputting package information by hand and getting handwritten signatures instead of doing this all electronically due to what’s believed to be a software glitch on their handheld devices.
  • Oracle quarterly patch process raises concerns

    Posted January 19, 2011 - 3:00 pm

    Oracle delivered its quarterly montage of patches and updates this week. The quarterly release cycle--like Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday--is designed to provide some stability and predictability for the IT admins who have to test and implement the patches, but at least one security expert thinks the Oracle system needs some work.
  • Microsoft slates another monster Patch Tuesday

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 6:42 pm

    Microsoft plans to deliver a record 17 security updates next week to patch 40 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Office, SharePoint and Exchange.
  • Office 2010 gets its first critical fix

    Posted November 4, 2010 - 5:03 pm

    Microsoft today said it will ship three security updates next week to patch 11 vulnerabilities, including the first in Office 2010 pegged "critical."
  • Google patches 10 Chrome bugs, pays out $10K in bounties

    Posted August 20, 2010 - 11:47 am

    Google on Thursday patched 10 vulnerabilities in Chrome, but did not award any of the researchers who reported bugs the new top-dollar reward of $3,133. Google's most serious threat rating, seven labeled "high" and another pegged as "medium."
  • Windows users patch fastest amid zero-day hype

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 3:25 pm

    Widespread publicity is probably the biggest driver in persuading IT managers to fix Windows zero-day bugs, not simply the fact that Microsoft sounds the alarm by issuing an emergency update, according to researcher Qualys Inc.
  • It's the End of the Life as We Know It and Linux Feels Fine

    Posted March 29, 2010 - 10:11 am

    Veterans of software development might think this topic is a waste of time, given their expertise. I have to wonder though, given the recent reaction in the community when Oracle posted a normal end-of-service-life policy page about OpenSolaris back in February.
  • Best Time To Apply Security Patches

    Posted December 4, 2009 - 7:34 pm

    Applying security patches can be a big job in large corporations, so even if they wanted to, many companies couldn't patch immediately. Experts recommend that companies have patching policies in place that specify when and how to patch that gets the job done reliably and with minimal disruption to business. Typically companies take between a week and a month to apply a given patch.
  • Java, BlackBerry desktop get security bug fixes

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    Sun Microsystems and Research In Motion have issued critical bug fixes for security issues with their products.
  • Microsoft cleans up bugs after biggest patch release

    Posted October 29, 2009 - 9:25 pm

    After releasing its largest-ever group of security patches two weeks ago, Microsoft has done a little cleaning up.
  • Programmer slip-up produces critical bug, Microsoft admits

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    Microsoft has acknowledged that one of the critical network vulnerabilities it patched earlier in the week was due to a programming error on its part.
  • IE, GDI flaws good place for IT to start Patch Tuesday cleanup, experts say

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 2:15 pm

    With 13 patches released on Patch Tuesday, IT administrators have a daunting task of just deciding where to get started. Experts advise that the best place is where the most damage can happen, and where it can happen fast.
  • The Patch Tuesday Survival Guide

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 2:07 pm

    Overwhelmed by Tuesday's security patch avalanche from Microsoft and Adobe? Here's a collection of articles that will help you approach patch management with sanity.
  • Microsoft patches last major ATL bugs

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 9:11 pm

    Microsoft yesterday wrapped up a months-long job of patching a critical bug it accidently introduced in a crucial code "library," one of the researchers who uncovered the flaw said today.
  • Google patches DoS vulnerabilities in Android

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 9:55 pm

    Researchers at the Open Source Computer Emergency Response Team disclosed two denial-of-service vulnerabilities in Google's Android 1.5 mobile phone platform, both of which have already been patched by the vendor.
  • Microsoft plans monster Patch Tuesday next week

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 9:36 pm

    Microsoft will deliver its largest-ever number of security updates on Tuesday to fix flaws in every version of Windows, as well as IE, Office, SQL Server, important developer tools and the enterprise-grade Forefront Security client software.
  • Exploits of unpatched Windows bug will jump, says Symantec

    Posted June 22, 2009 - 2:46 pm

    An exploit of a still-unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Windows XP and Server 2003 has been added to a multi-strike attack toolkit, Symantec said late last week, a move that may mean attacks will increase soon.
  • Oracle delivers major security patch update

    Posted April 15, 2009 - 11:01 am

    Oracle has released 43 security fixes for a range of applications, including its flagship database, Oracle Application Server, E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft Enterprise and WebLogic Server.
  • Microsoft's Patch Tuesday filled with zero-day exploits

    Posted April 14, 2009 - 8:28 pm

    Microsoft's Patch Tuesday arrived with a nasty twist, as six of the 23 vulnerabilities spread among the eight patches are already being threatened by exploit code in the wild.
  • Microsoft fixes Excel, carpet-bombing security flaws

    Posted April 14, 2009 - 4:08 pm

    Microsoft released eight security updates Tuesday, including fixes for known Excel and WordPad bugs, for the largest patch release so far this year.
  • After attacks, Excel update due from Microsoft

    Posted April 9, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    Microsoft will release eight security updates next week, including one for Excel, while Oracle is readying patches, too.
  • Microsoft patch rate surged in second half of 2008

    Posted April 8, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    Microsoft was forced to pick up the patching pace in the second half of 2008, fixing 67% more flaws and released 17% more security updates in the period than it had in the first six months of the year.
  • Firefox fix due next week after attack is published

    Posted March 26, 2009 - 9:24 am

    Mozilla developers are scrambling to fix a critical bug in the Firefox browser after attack code was released Wednesday.
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