Microsoft has confirmed a zero-day vulnerability affecting all supported versions of Internet Explorer, including IE8, IE7 and IE6.

The Redmond company explains that the security flaw involves the creation of uninitialized memory during a CSS function within the browser.

“It is possible under certain conditions for the memory to be leveraged by an attacker using a specially crafted Web page to gain remote code execution,” the software giant informed.

Given the fact that successful exploits against this vulnerability can allow for remote code execution, and attacker could potentially take over a victim’s computer.

However, Dave Forstrom, Director, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft denied that this has happened yet. More »

Microsoft is inviting early adopters to test the next version of a Solution Accelerator designed to streamline migrations to the latest of the company’s technologies.

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.5 Beta was initially made available for download in November 2010, but the testing Build is still live on Microsoft Connect, and the software giant appears to be welcoming new testers with open arms, still.

After all, it’s the testing data along with feedback from customers that will help the Redmond company wrap up version 5.5 of the MAP Toolkit, and make it available as soon as possible.

Now at v5.5, the MAP Toolkit simplifies the work that IT professionals have to put in when it comes down to upgrade scenarios involving such products as Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server R2, Internet Explorer 8 and 9, but also Windows Azure and SQL Azure. More »

For people who are more reserved when it comes to passing from Windows XP to Windows 7, here is a little something that might help: Microsoft P2V Migration for Software Assurance insures the automatic delivery of an updated and personalized Windows 7 OS, while backing up and converting the Windows XP or newer desktop and its applications for a smooth use within Windows 7.

What the Microsoft P2V Migration for Software Assurance does, is using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and Sysinternals Disk2vhd to convert a user’s existing Windows XP client environment into a virtual hard disk (VHD).

After that, it makes the automatic delivery of an updated, personalized Windows 7 operating system which includes a virtual machine (VM) with the previous Windows environment, apps and Web browser. More »

Microsoft is gearing up to release patches for a record number of security vulnerabilities affecting a range of its products, including the latest iteration of Windows and Office.

The Redmond company will plug almost 50 security holes in Windows and Internet Explorer, as well as in the Office productivity suite and the .NET Framework.

The security bulletins will be released next week, on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 as a part of the software giant’s patch cycle.

“This month as part of our predictable security update process we are releasing 16 comprehensive bulletins addressing 49 vulnerabilities,” revealed Carlene Chmaj, Microsoft Security Response Senior Communications Manager. More »

Microsoft officials advise business users not to postpone their Windows 7 deployments and start testing IE9 beta, despite speculations on the release of the final version of Internet Explorer 9, early in spring 2011.

Yesterday, September 21, Rich Reynolds, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Windows Consumer Marketing, posted the company’s latest Windows 7 deployment guidance to the Windows for Your Business blog.

He says that there is a lot of positive feedback from Windows 7 users, as well from businesses like BMW, Intel, Pella Corporation and Expedia, who use Windows 7 Enterprise and the Windows Optimized Desktop.

Reynolds also declares himself satisfied and encouraged by the results from a recent IDC study, which show that almost all enterprise companies surveyed (89%), are continuing their Windows 7 plans and 64% of them are already deploying Windows 7 or will migrate in the next six months. More »