May 27, 2009

Service Pack 2 for Vista and Server 2008 finally arrives

Filed under: Server 2008,Windows Vista — Rahul Patel @ 3:14 pm

Microsoft has finally given the public Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (final build is 6.0.6002.18005). You can download the installer from the Microsoft Download Center: 32-bit (348.3MB), 64-bit (577.4MB), and IA64 (450.4MB). There’s also an ISO image (1376.8MB) that contains these installers.

The installers will work on English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish versions of either Vista or Server 2008. Other language versions will arrive later. Those interested in slipstreamed versions of Vista and Server 2008 with SP2 will need to get an MSDN or TechNet subscription.

32bit http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=a4dd31d5-f907-4406-9012-a5c3199ea2b3

64bit http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=656c9d4a-55ec-4972-a0d7-b1a6fedf51a7

ia64 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e890b3cf-972b-483f-a2ff-03f6aefac6f8

iso http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=9f073285-b6ef-4297-85ce-f4463d06d6cb


May 7, 2009

Critical security hole in Adobe Acrobat PDF readers

Filed under: My Knowledge — Rahul Patel @ 9:17 am

Adobe has issued a security alert after a critical zero-day vulnerability was discovered in their popular PDF reading program which could allow hackers to take control of computers.

The risk is that hackers could deliberately construct a malformed PDF file that would trigger the vulnerability, allowing them to open a backdoor and run malicious code on your computer. This would mean that criminals could, for instance, spam out a PDF file that would infect your PC, or plant malicious PDF content on a website.

As PDF files are so widely used on the internet, and regularly exchanged to share information, there is an obvious concern that hackers may be quick to take advantage of this vulnerability.

The vulnerability, which is not limited to Windows users but also affects Mac and Unix users, means that Adobe users are being advised to disable JavaScript in Adobe Reader and Acrobat until a proper fix is available.

Adobe advises that JavaScript can be disabled by following these instructions:

1. Launch Acrobat or Adobe Reader.
2. Select Edit/Preferences
3. Select the JavaScript Category
4. Uncheck the ‘Enable Acrobat JavaScript’ option
Adm template to implement this setting from GPO:
download adobe.adm from my shared box..

May 1, 2009

Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 Released

Filed under: Office 2007 — Rahul Patel @ 10:17 am

2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 2 (SP2) gives customers the latest updates for the 2007 Office suite. This service pack includes two main categories of fixes:

– Previously unreleased fixes that were made specifically for this service pack.
– In addition to general product fixes, these fixes include improvements in stability, in performance, and in security.
– You can find out more information in Knowledge Base Article 953195, where product-specific changes are described.

All the public updates, security updates, cumulative updates, and hotfixes that were released through February 2009. Before installing this service pack, you are strongly encouraged to read 953195, which describes some big improvements introduced by SP2, and also calls out some important information that you should be aware of before installing.

Download: Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 (290.2 MB)

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