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December, 2004

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    December Security Updates

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    Several security bulletins updated today. Check out the details here:
    Windows Security Updates Summary for December 2004
    The Microsoft Windows security updates for December 2004 include several important updates and a critical cumulative update for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 (SP1), a component of Windows. If you have any of the software listed on this page installed on your computer, you should visit the Windows Update Web site to install related updates.
    The technical bulletins are also listed at the TechNet Security Bulletin Search page.
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    Going back to one blog

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    I think I'm going to go back to one Weblog. It's just a little too confusing to keep both of them going at the same time. I'll probably continue to use my Spaces Blog as a moblog though. At some point I plan to have a super aggregated feed for everything, but for now I'll stick with weblogs at MSDN.
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    Holiday SPOT Watch Faces

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    For your MSN Direct watch. Get them now. Happy Holidays!
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    RSS Feeds for Mike Howard and Keith Brown

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    We put together a couple of RSS feeds for your aggregating pleasure. You can now subscribe to feeds of MSDN articles written by security experts Michael Howard and Keith Brown. These feeds will work in your aggregator, or you can even read them directly in Internet Explorer.

     Mike Howard's Security Articles

     Keith Brown's Security Articles

    If everything works the way it should, you'll get a new entry any time each of these guys publishes a new article. Mark is putting together a page to make this all easier to read. I'll post a link when it's live.

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    Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate Available

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    The Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate is now available. Here's a link to the WIndows Server System page for the release candidate:
    Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate
    On this page you'll find information for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Candidate (RC). This version of the software is intended only for installation in a test environment. We advise against installing and evaluating beta software on any production computers.
    And this is a link to the page in the download center:
    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate (32-bit)
    Install Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Candidate (RC) to help secure your server and to better defend against hackers. Windows Server 2003 SP1 RC enhances security infrastructure by providing new security tools such as Security Configuration Wizard, which helps secure your server for role-based operations, improves defense-in-depth with Data Execution Protection, and provides a safe and secure first-boot scenario with Post-setup Security Update Wizard. Windows Server 2003 SP1 RC assists IT professionals in securing their server infrastructure and provides enhanced manageability and control for Windows Server 2003 users.
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    Security Chat this Thursday

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    The next Mike Nash Security Chat is Thursday this week. Don't miss it. These have been really good. :)
    MSDN Chat: Ask Candid Questions About Security in Microsoft Products Join Mike Nash, Vice President for the Microsoft Security Business Unit, and his team of security experts on December 9th at 9:00 AM (PST) for a chat about security in Microsoft products.
    Click here to add this to your Outlook calendar.
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    Stan Lippman on String Literals in C++/CLI

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    Stan has posted an important entry that goes a long way in explaining how string literals work in C++/CLI. Check it out here:
    The Type of a String Literal Revisited ...
    To briefly review: In ISO-C++, the type of "Pooh" is const char[5]. There is no exact match of "Pooh" to any of the three instances of foo(). However, the trivial conversion of const char[5] to const char* represents a best match, and this is why (3) is invoked. There was no built-in notion of a string literal having any relationship to System::String.

    And this was changed in the design of C++/CLI. Actually, it was changed twice, and that is the talking point of this entry – to explain why the initial change had to be further refined.
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    Personal Blog on Spaces

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    I've been thinking about moving my personal thoughts to a different weblog for a while, but the new MSN Spaces site just clinches it. It's way cool, I like the RSS feed, and I don't have to think twice about posting that stupid story of how one of my kids looked so cute with some sort of bunny hat. I'll keep this blog for my work and technical stuff, but I'm going to do my personal posts at spaces. So here are the links if you care to subscribe:

    Brian Johnson's Weblog on MSN Spaces
    RSS Feed

    At some point, I'll figure out a way to aggregate all of this, but for now I'll just see how this works out.

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    Windows Security Update for December 2004

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    Microsoft is posting a new update for Windows today. This is a cumulative security update for Internet Explorer. Users should visit Windows Update to get the latest updates. Here's some more information:
    Windows Security Update for December 2004 The Microsoft Windows security update for December 2004 is a cumulative security update that resolves a newly discovered issue in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 (SP1), a component of Windows. If you have any of the software listed on this page installed on your computer, you should visit the Windows Update Web site to install the related update.
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