Microsoft's SQL Injection Protection
Homer Simpson may have enjoyed his hot beef injections (for Homer these were hot dogs), but he would be far less fond of SQL injections, attacks upon SQL Server that can cripple Web sites.
Many with SQL Server also have IIS, which is why Microsoft is beefing up IIS with SQL Injection protections. The new filter against these attacks is free and available now.
Big New Rev of Small Business Server
From all indications Small Business Server 2003 was a fine product -- easy to set up, easy to use and boasting many essential business features. As I recall, the only drawback was if your company outgrew the SBS product, it was hard to move up gracefully.
The new version of the server, SBS 2008, is now in the hands of hardware makers who expect to have it bundled up by November. I guess they want to take their time and get it perfect.
Do you use SBS? What do you like and what don’t you? Answers welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Hat Red-Faced
The Mac and open source communities (sometimes more cult than community) love to brag about their security and mock Microsoft's mistakes.
Red Hat best be careful about throwing stones as its own internal systems were hacked. Not only was the software vulnerable, but its perimeter security apparently leaves something to be desired, as well.
Hacking Windows is less of a challenge now that so many exploits have been documented. Microsoft even makes it easier by publishing its flaws every month during Patch Tuesday. Could it be that hackers are moving onto other targets? If so, does this make the overall problem of security worse?
Your expert opinion welcome at email@example.com.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.