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Netflix Users In Danger of Unknowingly Picking Up Malware 153

An anonymous reader writes "Users of Silverlight, Microsoft's answer to Adobe Flash, are in danger of having malware installed on their computers and being none the wiser, as an exploit for a critical vulnerability (CVE-2013-0634) in the app framework has been added to the Angler exploit kit. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if an attacker hosts a website that contains a specially crafted Silverlight application that could exploit this vulnerability and then convinces a user to view the website. The attacker could also take advantage of compromised websites and websites that accept or host user-provided content or advertisements." You'd think something like Silverlight would automatically upgrade itself.
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Research takes on Go (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Microsoft Research has used F# and AI to implement a consumer-quality game of Go — arguably the most difficult two-person game to implement.
They have used an interesting approach to the problem of playing the game which is a pragmatic cross between tree search with pruning and machine learning
to spot moves with a "good shape". The whole lot has been packaged into an XNA based 3D story based game.

Cellphones

Submission + - 89,000 Microsoft employees will get a Windows Phon (networkworld.com)

suraj.sun writes: 89,000 Microsoft employees will get a Windows Phone 7 handset

"Every Microsoft employee will be getting a Windows Phone 7 phone," says Guy Gilbert, one of two Windows Phone executives interviewed by Networkworld at PDC earlier this week.

News of this move first came several months ago when a leaked internal email from Microsoft mobile president Andrew Lees informed Microsoft employees that they'd be receiving a new phone.

Networkworld: http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/68068

Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft admits OpenOffice.org is a contender (computerworlduk.com)

ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes: Microsoft has unwittingly admitted that OpenOffice.org is a rival, by launching a three-minute video of customers explaining why they switched to Microsoft Office from OpenOffice.org. Glyn Moody writes: "You don't compare a rival's product with your own if it is not comparable. And you don't make this kind of attack video unless you are really, really worried about the growing success of a competitor. [Microsoft] has now clearly announced that OpenOffice.org is a serious rival to Microsoft Office, and should be seriously considered by anyone using the latter."

Feed Techdirt: Music Publishers Lawsuit Against Yahoo, Microsoft, Real Tossed For Failing To Pr (techdirt.com)

Back in June, we wrote about an odd lawsuit from a bunch of independent music publishers headed by MCS Music America against Microsoft, Yahoo and RealNetworks claiming that all three failed to secure licenses on the compositions. This seems strange, of course. You would assume that big companies like Microsoft, Yahoo and Real would make sure to secure all the necessary licenses for their music download and streaming operations. However, MCS and the others suggested that the three companies only secured the licenses on the recordings, but not the compositions. What appeared to have happened, was that Microsoft, Yahoo and Real licensed the songs from the major record labels, who also own many publishing operations, and in were told that they had received licenses for both the recording and composition. The problem is that not all of those major labels hold the composition rights. In some cases, those rights are still held by independent music publishers -- and there was a fair amount of confusion over who owned what. It was a perfect example of how ridiculous copyright law is today that even in setting up a big music operation from a major company with the major record labels, no one was exactly sure if all the proper rights were secured.

Either way, Microsoft, Yahoo and Real were quick to ask for the lawsuit to be dismissed and Eric Goldman sent over the rather short ruling from last month that does, in fact, dismiss the case stating (surprisingly) that the music publishers failed to show they hold the copyrights they were arguing over. That's rather incredible, seeing as the original lawsuit went on for pages and pages, claiming to hold various licensing rights. But the court wasn't buying it:

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss All Causes of Action of Plaintiff MCS Music America, Inc. ("MCS") is granted on the ground Plaintiff MCS has failed to state a legal claim for copyright infringement. To establish a claim of copyright infringement, two elements must be satisfied: (1) ownership of a valid copyright, and (2) unauthorized copying of the original work. Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Services Co., Inc,. 499 U.S. 340, 111 S.Ct 1282 (1991); Jones v. Blige, 558 F.3d 485 (6th Cir.2009).

MCS has failed to demonstrate ownership of any of the copyrights at issue. Plaintiffs allege MCS is a licensing administrator and an exclusive licensing agent of the copyrights at issue, but do not allege MCS to be an owner of such works. Without demonstrating legal ownership, MCS is not able to plead all of the necessary elements of copyright infringement.

Plaintiffs ask the court to consider the affidavit of Janice Bane with regard to MCS's rights. The court will not consider Ms. Bane's affidavit in deciding this issue. In ruling on a motion to dismiss, a court properly may consider only evidence contained in or asserted in the pleadings. As a general rule, matters outside the pleadings may not be considered in ruling on a motion to dismiss unless the motion is converted to one for summary judgment under Rule 56. Jackson v. City of Columbus, 194 F.3d 737, 745 (6th Cir.1999). Weiner v. Klais Co., 108 F.3d 86, 88-89 (6th Cir.1997). Furthermore, even if the court were to consider Ms. Bane's affidavit, it does not indicate any ownership on the part of MCS, thus rendering its consideration moot.

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss All Causes of Action of Plaintiff MCS is GRANTED.
On top of that, MCS requested the right to amend the lawsuit, and the court shot them down there as well:

Plaintiffs have moved to amend their complaint a second time. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure state "... a party may amend its pleading only with the opposing party's written consent or the court's leave. The court should freely give leave when justice so requires." Fed.R.Civ.P. 15(a)(2). However. Plaintiffs have not demonstrated their amended complaint would show MCS has ownership of any of the copyrights at issue and would therefore be futile. For that reason, Plaintiff's Motion to Amend Complaint is DENIED.
So much for that, then. Somewhere along the line, it looks like these publishers got some really poor legal advice, as this case didn't last long at all, and to be tossed out so early is pretty bad.

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Encryption

Submission + - BitLocker might not be broken, but it's dented (h-online.com)

garg0yle writes: A group of German researchers have discovered a way around Microsoft's BitLocker drive encryption. The attack is non-trivial, but could be used by a determined attacker to subvert the boot process and capture the PIN in an unencrypted form, allowing later unauthorized access to the hard drive. The attack does require the attacker to access your system twice, the first time without detection.
Microsoft

Submission + - Zero day bug found in Windows 7 and Server 2008... (informationweek.com)

kantos writes: Security researcher Laurent Graffie, responsible for finding the early SMB2 remote BSOD exploit, has done it again. As reported by Information Week the exploit can be triggered through IE or remotely. In his blog Graffie notes that the exploit doesn't even cause a BSOD rather it forces the OS into an infinite loop requiring a hard reset. MS of course has played down the issue saying that few if any of its customers will be affected....

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