Patches Address Critical Security Vulnerabilities

Microsoft today released six security updates for July, to patch issues with Windows, Office and the .NET Framework.

Three of these issues were rated critical; they addressed flaws that enabled remote code execution in those products. Two other issues were rated important, and were also the result of issues surrounding remote code execution. These patches fix issues with Office Publisher and Windows XP Professional.

The last patch, rated moderate, deals with the potential for inappropriate information disclosure, and patches Windows Vista.

Google To Acquire Web Security Company
Web search leader Google has agreed to purchase Postini, a privately held provider of Web security, for $625 million.

Postini protects customers from spam, viruses, phishing and other nefarious e-mail and instant messaging attacks. Google intends for this acquisition to be used to improve the security of its hosted application business, including Google Docs, Gmail, Calendar and Spreadsheets.

According to Google, the use of a security offering in conjunction with its Google Apps should improve acceptance among larger enterprises. While the company claims over a thousand small businesses have adopted these online applications, enterprise penetration is still slow.

Do you use Gmail or any of the Google Apps? What do you think of Software as a Service? Let me know at

Borland Integrates SilkCentral Test Manager With VMware
Borland yesterday announced that it's working with virtualization leader VMware to integrate its SilkCentral Test Manager 2007 with VMware Lab Manager version 2.5.

The purpose of the integration is to let functional testers work seamlessly with virtual machines in testing software against different system configurations.

From SilkCentral Test Manager, testers can configure the loading and running of tests on multiple VMs, providing a fully automated test environment that enables testing of many different configurations with the push of a button.

Do you develop and test software using virtualization? Tell me about your experiences at

Apple iPhone Hacks Proliferate
In the days since the introduction of the iPhone, the device has been purchased by a number of people who are less interested in its features than its insides. Most recently, Jon Lech Johansen has published in his blog a method of activating an iPhone without subscribing to the AT&T phone service. While it won't function as a phone, you can still use its music player and Wi-Fi capabilities.

In addition, other hacks are available for specific features. Some say it's only a matter of time before hackers offer the ability to activate the phone yourself and use it on another provider's network.

Are you interested in what's inside the iPhone? If you can shed some light, tell me at

About the Author

Peter Varhol is the executive editor, reviews of Redmond magazine and has more than 20 years of experience as a software developer, software product manager and technology writer. He has graduate degrees in computer science and mathematics, and has taught both subjects at the university level.


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