Details of a zero-day vulnerability impacting Windows 7 but also Windows Vista and Windows XP have been published in the wild.
Security outfit Prevx discovered the new unpatched security flaw in Windows and shared the details with the world, revealing that successful exploits can get an attacker to elevate the privileges of a non-administrator account.
According to Chester Wisniewski, a Senior Security Advisor at Sophos Canada, not only can the vulnerability be exploited for Elevation of Privileges, but the flaw also allows an attacker to circumvent security mitigations built into Vista and Windows 7, in this particular case the User Account Control (UAC).
Wisniewski explained that the vulnerability resides at the core of the Windows operating system. More »
Google introduced at the end of last week a new tool called GoogleCL. It runs from the command-line (yes, the Linux terminal), and allows users to post, create, list or delete photos from an existing Picasa account, videos from a YouTube account, edit, list or upload documents from your Google Docs account, add, delete or list events from Google Calendar or post on your Blogger weblog. These are just a few of the numerous functionalities of the new GoogleCL tool
Many of today’s computer users, the ones accustomed with graphical user interfaces, will not endorse the use of a command-line tool. Therefore, we’ve created this tutorial to show you a few real-life examples of how useful and simple this tool can be if you employ Google services on a daily basis. Please keep in mind that you must have an existing Google account (GMail e-mail address). More »
As far as traditional methods of installing Windows go, the latest iteration of the Windows client can be easily deployed from media such as DVDs and CDs. But in addition to the default installation method for retail flavors of the operating system, Windows 7 can also be deployed via the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) included in the OEM System Builder Pack, through the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK), via USB sticks and even from a Windows Phone.
Smartphones are not in any manner the same that they were when Windows Vista was released in January 2007. In fact, the technology has evolved sufficiently enough that devices running the latest version of Windows Mobile operating system can be used in order to install Windows 7 on a computer, instead of a DVD or a USB.
At the bottom of this article, users will be able to watch an embedded video demonstration of just how to deploy Windows 7 via a Windows Phone, authored by Microsoft’s James O’Neill. At the start of this year, O’Neill received a new toy, namely an HTC Touch Pro 2, running Windows Mobile 6.5 (a.k.a Windows Phone). Readers of his blog already know this, since he wouldn’t shut up about it. More »
Mobile phone users that own a Maemo-based handset from Nokia have now yet another reason to rejoice, as the final version of Firefox for their handsets has just emerged on the web. Following a long line of beta and release candidate flavors, now Firefox for Maemo 1.0 is here for them, providing an experience similar in many respects to the one that the desktop iteration of Firefox can deliver.
One of the main feature of the web browser is that it comes around with support for add-ons, something that no other solution offers to users. The add-ons enable any Maemo-based device owner to customize the browser via the over 40 add-ons that are already available for download on Mozilla’s website. Among them, we can count popular solutions like AdBlock Plus, URL Fixer, TwitterBar, language translators, or geo guides. The Add-ons Manager allows for an easy installation of such solutions, and Mozilla recommends for the YouTube Enabler add-on be installed.
The features that Firefox for mobile comes with to Maemo-based phones should be already familiar in a way to those who use the browser on their desktop computers:
1. Delete items from address bar history
While it’s very handy to have your recently visited pages autocompleted as you type, it’s not always desirable. Go to the address bar (Ctrl-L), start typing an address, and the drop-down menu will appear with the URLs of pages you’ve visited. You can highlight and delete these at will, for maximum privacy.
2. Protect your PC from malware
3. Speedily search for images
Browse Google images and your results are split into blocks of 21. But use CoolIris and you’ll get all your results displayed on a 3D photo wall, a much faster and easier way to find the images you need. It only works with some sites, unfortunately, but as these include Google, Flickr, Picasa, Yahoo, Photobucket, Facebook and MySpace then you’ll still have plenty to browse. Especially as it searches and displays YouTube videos, too. Give it a try. More »