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Dec-2011 MS Updates Finally Deliver Security Updates to Prevent Duqu Infection

December 21st, 2011 | Posted by peter in Duqu | Microsoft | Security Updates | Virus - (Comments Off on Dec-2011 MS Updates Finally Deliver Security Updates to Prevent Duqu Infection)

Don’t wait around to install your windows updates this month: Microsoft have released updates to all of its supported operating systems to prevent the intial infection of systems by the Duqu virus/Trojan and its variants.

The Duqu virus is extremely difficult to detect and remove, and is very active in hijacking systems, capturing passwords and banking details etc. It has been in the wild for several months, and this month’s updates include fixes to some of the security flaws that enabled the virus to infect windows systems. I have seen instances where internet banking websites have been unable to be distinguised from fake sites that are capturing login information.

Antivirus software itself is not enough to avoid infection with this virus, and so application of these critical updates is highly recommended.

You can manually update by visiting windowsupdate.microsoft.com in internet explorer. Note that systems already infected may have access to this webpage blocked, and if that is the case, you should investigate the security of your systems further.

As a final warning, these security updates plug the security holes that Duqu exploited in installing itself, they do not remove duqu infections if they have already infiltrated your systems.

Peter

Microsoft Unveils SQL Server 2012

November 8th, 2011 | Posted by peter in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Microsoft Unveils SQL Server 2012)
Microsoft SQL 2012

Microsoft announced pricing and licensing models for their SQL 2012 release sheduled for Early to Mid 2012. Client access licenses up by 25% and a move away from per cpu pricing to per core licensing for Cal-less enterprise product.

Only benefit seems to be up to a 400% increase in performance for transaction based loads, but something tells me that the majority of users will not see this result without some serious optimisations to their structure and code. See more info here. Microsoft Unveils SQL Server 2012 Licensing and Pricing — Redmondmag.com.