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Cisco Mulls Adding Verbal Interview To CCIE Exams 117

Posted by Soulskill
from the polygraphs-and-mind-melds-to-follow dept.
Julie188 writes "Here's a new idea to stop certification test-taking cheaters; Cisco is considering introducing a verbal interview portion to its CCIE lab exams across the world. Cisco confirmed that it is running a pilot in its exam lab in Beijing, China that involves candidates taking a 10-minute verbal interview as part of their lab exam. Cisco said that if the pilot is successful, the interview could be introduced as a requirement for CCIE Routing & Switching candidates worldwide. The company has been running the pilot since August."
The Internet

Web Singletons? 254

Posted by timothy
from the magrathea-dot-com dept.
tcmb writes "There are an uncounted number of web mail and picture sharing services, there are more than enough web sites for online bookmark management and friend-finding, but as far as I know there is only one Internet Archive. Which are the true web singletons, services that exist only once in this form?" And does anything approach the singular time-wasting abilities of IMDB or Wikipedia?
Security

+ - Will Vista really improve Windows security?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "On first glance it appears a no-brainer that Vista will improve security a lot. After all, Microsoft has been working on it for five years. However, the major changes that make it different from XP with respect to security are LUA and IE7 always operating at a lower privilege level (even when run by Administrator)

These are good and necessary changes, but bring Vista to the same playing field that Unix, Linux and more recently OS X "enjoy", where you have to concern yourself with a whole new class of privilege escalation problems. This is something Microsoft has never needed to address before and bug hunters were never concerned with finding. When almost everyone runs XP as Administrator, what good is a locally exploitable hole that lets a non-Administrator gain Administrator privileges?

Now, as this article at news.com.com.com.com shows, these holes are just now starting to be investigated, and are already being easily found. And comparatively few researchers and blackhats are looking hard at Vista, since it is so new that hardly anyone is using it now. Certainly many such bugs remain to be found, and given Microsoft's track record on security and the likelihood that their programmers have never really concerned themselves with this class of bug before, it seems quite possible that breaking into a Vista system will be almost as easy and common as breaking into a Windows 2000 or XP system. The only difference in technique will be that in addition to the initial bug that allows gaining local user privileges, a second bug will need to be used that then escalates that privilege to Administrator. After that, the typical rootkit or virus installation can take place as before."

Vista Gets Official Release Dates 394

Posted by samzenpus
from the this-weeks-dates dept.
SlinkySausage writes "Five years, three months and five days after Windows XP made its debut, Microsoft will usher its next-generation OS onto the stage. Microsoft has set November 30 as the release date for Vista (and Office 2007) to business customers and January 30, 2007 as the date for the official launch to consumers and The World At Large."

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