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Channel news: Microsoft patches Win, IE; Win recovery tool helps hackers

Microsoft patches Windows Vista, IE 7 Microsoft fixed 15 flaws in a variety of products Tuesday, including Windows XP,
Vista and Internet Explorer 7. Attackers could exploit the most serious flaws for remote code execution.

Windows recovery loophole lets hackers in Who do want to own today? [TheReg]

Security experts: Safari for Windows full of bugs Within hours of Monday’s announcement that Safari 3 beta was available for Windows, three security blogs identified vulnerabilities in the Apple-made browser. [NewsFactor]

Microsoft adds clustering and VSS to Virtual Server SLES 10 and Solaris welcomed too. [TheReg]

Microsoft service desk beta 1 ready for download Testers will get a glimpse of System Center Service Manager’s features, including the CMDB and an end user self-service portal built on SharePoint Server 2007.[]

Report: PC shipments expected to grow Latest quarterly report by IDC shows that worldwide PC shipments are expected to grow – with laptops and ultraportable machines leading the way. [eWEEK]

Dell home page promotes Linux Imagine if Dell erected a bunch of Linux billboards on a major highway at the very time Microsoft was striving to promote Windows Vista. That’s the scenario unfolding on the home page, which now features a splashy ad for Ubuntu Linux PCs. [TechIQ]

Top Dell execs to hold ‘town hall’ sessions Next month, top Dell executives — including Chairman and CEO Michael Dell — plan to hit the road for a series of town hall-style sessions with customers and channel partners to discuss the company’s radically changing strategies. [ChannelWeb]

Symantec improves disk support in NetBackup Long-awaited disk-based backup options are coming to NetBackup 6.5, encompassing VTL and data deduplication features.[]

Red Hat, Symantec to offer bundled secure server apps Red Hat teamed up with security vendor Symantec to offer a bundle that couples Red Hat Enterprise Linux with an intrusion protection service, Symantec Critical System Protection.[]

Microsoft clarifies virtualization licensing — for now Updated guidelines make clearer how to use Windows Server with third-party virtualization tools including VMware — but that will all likely change before too long. [Computerworld]

Former executive of CA will pay restitution Stephen Richards will pay more than $29 million in restitution as part of an accounting fraud at the company. [NYT]

Ten ways to improve testing, performance of Web 2.0 applications Web 2.0 is forcing organizations to update their software development and testing strategies. Here are 10 things you can do to ensure that your QA testing is sophisticated, thorough and agile enough to keep up with the evolving complexity of Web 2.0 applications.[]

SMBs moving to mobile CRM New releases from on-demand CRM vendors and a willingness to spend has small businesses and mobile CRM coming together.[]

Google takes over university e-mail Google is expanding its empire into universities – with entire campus e-mail networks switching over to using Google’s e-mail service. This will give the internet company a “relationship for life” with students – who can carry on using these e-mail addresses after graduating. [BBC]

Torvalds: Solaris could nudge Linux to GPL 3 The Linux leader is still skeptical about GPL 3, but open-source Solaris could be a draw. [CNET]

Google, Intel group seeks to save PC power Google and Intel are leading a consortium of companies in an effort to reduce the amount of power wasted by personal computers. [NYT]

Windows Home Server hits Release Candidate beta  On June 12, Microsoft will make available for download the Release Candidate (RC) near-final test build of Windows Home Server. The final Home Server RC1 code will be available on the Connect site later today.[All About Microsoft]

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It's also interesting to think about the ramifications of component-based development. Another trend along with agile-based development is the move to assembling applications from components, many of them open source. Beside the typical security concerns that are associated with the cloud, organizations also need to consider the security and licensing aspects of the components that they use to construct their applications.

Mark Troester
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