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Microsoft

Submission + - German Government Advises Public to Stop Using IE (readwriteweb.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: After McAfee's disclosure of an IE 0-day vulnerability this week that had been used in Operation Aurora, the hack and stealing of data from Google, Adobe and about 3 dozen other major companies, the German government has advised the public to switch to alternative browsers. Given that the exploit has now been made public and the patch from Microsoft is still nowhere to be seen, how long will it be before other governments follow suit?
Networking

Submission + - AT&T Glitch Connects Users to Wrong Accounts (boston.com) 2

CAE guy writes: "The Boston Globe reports: 'A Georgia mother and her two daughters logged onto Facebook from mobile phones last weekend and wound up in a startling place: strangers' accounts with full access to troves of private information. The glitch — the result of a routing problem at the family's wireless carrier, AT&T — revealed a little known security flaw with far reaching implications for everyone on the Internet, not just Facebook users.' Who needs to worry about man-in-the-middle attacks when your service provider will hijack your session for you?"

Submission + - 'Doomsday Clock' Moves Away From Midnight (go.com)

Arvisp writes: A group of international scientists this morning announced that they are moving the hands of the symbolic "Doomsday Clock" away from midnight — or the figurative apocalypse — but only by one minute.

The clock, which is maintained by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, was designed to reflect how close civilization is to "catastrophic destruction." First set at seven minutes to midnight, the clock has been moved only 18 times since its creation in 1947.

Mozilla

Submission + - Mozilla Rolls Out Firefox 3.6 RC, Nears Final (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: Mozilla has shipped a release candidate build of Firefox 3.6 that, barring problems, will become the final, finished version of the upgrade Firefox 3.6 RC1, which followed a run of betas that started in early November, features nearly 100 bug fixes from the fifth beta that Mozilla issued Dec. 17. The fixes resolved numerous crash bugs, including one that brought down the browser when it was steered to Yahoo's front page. Another fix removed a small amount of code owned by Microsoft from Firefox. The code was pointed out by a Mozilla contributor, and after digging, another developer found the original Microsoft license agreement. "Amusingly enough, it's actually really permissive. Really the only part that's problematic is the agreement to 'include the copyright notice ... on your product label and as a part of the sign-on message for your software product,'" wrote Kyle Huey on Mozilla's Bugzilla. Even so, others working the bug said the code needed to be replaced with Mozilla's own.

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