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Submission + - Xbox Originator: Stupid, Stupid xBox!! 1

Freshly Exhumed writes: You can't begrudge Nat Brown for claiming some pride in the birth of Microsoft's game console: ' I was a founder of the original xBox project at Microsoft and gave it its name. Almost 14 years after the painful, pointless, and idiotic internal cage-match to get it started and funded, the hard selling of a compelling and lucrative living-room product to Bill (and then Steve as he began to take over), a product that consumers would want and love and demand, I am actually still thrilled to see how far it has come...' but in his recent ILIKE.CODE blog post he is driven to lament that ' usual, Microsoft has jumped its own shark and is out stomping through the weeds planning and talking about far-flung future strategies in interactive television and original programming partnerships with big dying media companies when their core product, their home town is on fire, their soldiers, their developers, are tired and deserting, and their supply-lines are broken.' Nat goes on to detail a list of Microsoft's past and present strategic Xbox blunders, while tossing some barbs towards Nintendo's and Sony's game console strategies.

Submission + - HP to acquire 3com for $2.7 billion

An anonymous reader writes: HP and 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) (“3Com”) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase 3Com, a leading provider of networking switching, routing and security solutions, at a price of $7.90 per share in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $2.7 billion. The terms of the transaction have been approved by the HP and 3Com boards of directors.

Submission + - Remote SMB Exploit: Crashing Windows 7 and Server ( 1

danielkennedy74 writes: Python code was posted today by Laurent Gaffie on his blog, demonstrating a much too easy way to remotely crash a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 machine. The crash is caused by sending a NetBIOS header which specifies that the SMB packet is 4 bytes smaller or larger than it actually is.

In this code sample, you can see that the header has the length of the packet set to 9a rather than 9e (4 bytes smaller).

On Open BSD, Mac OSX, and Linux 2.6 workstations, we ran the python code and had it listen on port 445. I would have had a Windows server run the listening server, but SMB on Windows already listens on port 445 and for the purpose of the demonstration it was easier to run it on machines that do not listen on this port by default. From the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 victim machines, we simply attempt any type of SMB connection to the bad hosts listening with the Python code. This can be done by simply doing a directory command (dir) to a non-existent share (dir \\ip-address\share).

The screenshot below shows the command window with the dir command used to attempt a connection to a host ( which is running the Python code, ready to send that SMB packet over. As soon as the connection is attempted, the whole machine freezes. I had resource monitor and task manager running and every counter, even the ticking of uptime, stopped dead. In some cases, I left the machine in this state for a significant amount of time. Also, the host was no longer pingable, so once the crash occurred, it was off the network and no longer attempting any more SMB traffic.

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