Friday 24 October 2008

Update your computer now!

I rarely post stuff here that originates and/or belongs in the TechBlog. This is an exception, and I think it's warranted:

Microsoft has released Security Bulletin MS08-059, along with a hotfix for the problem detailed. There are already exploits in the wild to take advantage of the hotfix.

What I ask is simply this: Update your computer. Run Windows Update, and update your computer.

Here's the bulletin from Microsoft:
Bulletin Identifier - Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-059
Bulletin Title - Vulnerability in Host Integration Server RPC Service Could Allow Remote Code Execution (956695)
Executive Summary - This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Host Integration Server. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if an attacker sent a specially crafted Remote Procedure Call (RPC) request to an affected system. Customers who follow best practices and configure the SNA RPC service account to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than customers who configure the SNA RPC service account to have administrative user rights.
Maximum Severity Rating - Critical
Impact of Vulnerability - Remote Code Execution
Detection - Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer can detect whether your computer system requires this update. The update may require a restart.

Sunday 19 October 2008

A very good day

I first saw the light of ... well, maybe not day, but at least fluorescent lamps on the third monday in October of the year 1983. Since then I have seen and done many things, with many more still to come. 25 birthdays have come and passed, but none as magnificently as this year.

Even though I use my cellphone actively, the day of my 25th birthday saw much more use than usual. As did my Facebook wall. As for celebrations, I'd been to stressed out at work to plan anything whatsoever. Luckily my girlfriend had started planning a year in advance, and the result was that ten of my friends gathered at my parent's place to celebrate my birthday with me.

I felt so rich and blessed surrounded by my friends, sitting at a table, drinking and eating and talking together.

A great big thank you to all of you who came, and a great big thank you to everyone who wished me a happy day.

It was, to paraphrase Ol' Blue Eyes, a very good day.