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October, 2004

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    Antivirus Defense in Depth Guide Updated for XPSP2

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    On Friday, Microsoft posted version 2.0 of the Antivirus Defense in Depth Guide. You can find out more and download it from here:
    The Antivirus Defense-in-Depth Guide
    The information presented in the Antivirus Defense-in-Depth guide has been updated to reflect the security improvements provided as part of Windows XP Service Pack 2. A number of the features in Windows XP Service Pack 2 have made it more difficult for malware to attack a Windows XP based computer. The updates to this guide are designed to ensure these enhancements are identified and explained.
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    Welcome Visual C++ MVPs!

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    Well, it's not like they weren't always here, but now we've got a place of honor for them on the Visual C++ Developer Center Home Page. Be sure to check out the full list of Visual C++ MVPs here.

    John Boylan has taken over as site manger for this developer center and he put a ton of time in this week re-engineering the back end of the site to make it easier to maintain. Visitors probably won't notice a difference, but it's now much easier to work on. As part of the engineering effort, John is the one who added the MVP code to the page. So thanks John!

    In other news, our How to Buy pages have been updated. If you're looking for a way to get Visual Studio or an MSDN subscription, this page has all the information you need.
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    The Security Risk Management Guide

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    Microsoft released a new set of security guidance today called The Security Risk Management Guide. This guide contains a lot of good information around security risk. You can find the guide online here:
    The Security Risk Management Guide
    Customers can be overwhelmed when attempting to put in place a plan for security risk management. This can be because they do not have the in-house expertise, budget resources, or guidelines to outsource. To assist these customers, the Microsoft has developed The Security Risk Management Guide.

    This guide helps customers of all types plan, build, and maintain a successful security risk management program. In a four phase process, depicted below, the guide explains how to conduct each phase of a risk management program and how to build an ongoing process to measure and drive security risks to an acceptable level.
    You can also download the document. Here's the link.
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    Privacy

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    With news of recent hacks, the subject of privacy is one that everyone should take some added interest in. JC Cannon has written what promises to be the reference work on the subject for developers and IT pros. Check it out here:
    Privacy: What Developers and IT Professionals Should Know
    In this new book, Microsoft privacy expert J.C. Cannon covers the technical and organization facets of protecting customer privacy J.C shows you how to systematically build privacy into any application, Web site, or enterprise system.

    We have a privacy page on the Security Developer Center. I'm planning to add more resources to that page over the next few months. If you have any suggestions for content that I can link to on that page, drop me a note.
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    High Performance Computing for Windows Server 2003

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    This is one of those notes to myself for a newly discovered page.
    High Performance Computing for Windows Server 2003
    Some of the toughest computing challenges in the world are tackled and often solved by using high performance computing (HPC) clusters. Companies can now deploy clusters of servers running Windows Server 2003 to benefit from supercomputing power at a fraction of the cost. This site discusses Microsoft HPC solutions and demonstrates how Windows Server 2003 is the premier platform for customers seeking performance, scalability, and reliability.
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    ASP.NET Security Issue Posted

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    Tonight we posted some information and guidance around a reported security vulnerability in ASP.NET. The heart of the problem is a canonicalization issue in dealing with certain URLs. Check out the page here, and be sure to take a look at KB article 887459 if you're running an ASP.NET web site.
    What You Should Know About a Reported Vulnerability in Microsoft ASP.NET
    Microsoft is currently investigating a reported vulnerability in Microsoft ASP.NET. An attacker can send specially crafted requests to the server and view secured content without providing the proper credentials. This reported vulnerability exists in ASP.NET and does not affect ASP.
    Remember that in North America you can receive no-charge help with security update issues or viruses by calling (866) PCSAFETY (727-2338). I'll post more on this issue as information becomes available.
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    October 2004 DirectX 9.0 SDK Available

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    The DirectX 9.0 SDK Update (October 2004) is now available for download.
    DirectX 9.0 SDK Update - (October 2004)
    Download the complete DirectX 9.0 SDK - (October 2004), which contains the DirectX 9.0c Runtime and all DirectX software required to create DirectX 9.0 compliant applications in C/C++, and C#.

     Download DirectX 9.0cIf you haven't played with DirectX SDK before, this weekend might be a good time to download it and give it a shot. Be sure to check out the Microsoft DirectX 9.0 SDK Update item that gets added to your All Programs menu in Windows. There's a DirectX Sample Browser that lets you sort the samples available, and it even copies individual projects that you might want to start with to your Visual Studio Projects folder.

    You can find more DirectX information on MSDN here.

    Update: Mitch Walker has more information about the changes here.

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    Security in Microsoft Products Chat

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    Update: Chat is over, thanks everyone for coming. That was fun. Next chat is November 18th.

    Update: This chat is happeing now. Click here to enter.  (I'll pull this post off the security feed when the chat is finished.)

    There's a chat tomorrow (Thursday) at 2:00 PST around Security in Microsoft Products. Here's a link to the chat page with more information. You can add this chat to your Outlook calendar by clicking here

    Microsoft Security Chat Series
    Join Mike Nash, Vice President for the Microsoft Security Business Unit, and his team of security experts each month. Microsoft is working hard to improve security and Mike and his team invite you to join them in a candid Q&A session. Ask us your tough questions; share with us what is going well and what needs improvement. This is your chance to talk up front with the leading security minds at Microsoft.
    The host for this month's chat will be Rich Kaplan. This is really a great opportunity to talk to the top security experts at Microsoft, so be sure to drop in.
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    Schneier on Security

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    I just found a post on Larry Osterman's blog that mentions that Bruce Schneier has a new weblog. I'll have to agree with Larry, these posts are a goldmine of security information.
    Schneier on Security
    A weblog covering security and security technology.
    Here's the RSS feed.
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    Watching the Eclipse Tonight

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    We took the kids out tonight to look at the eclipse through the telescope. It looked great there, not so good through my camera. Here's a picture of the kids watching and a picture I took of the eclipse itself.
    It was also fun watching the eclipse pictures scroll by on the Text America web site.
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