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The “PowerPoint File Parsing Vulnerability”

If you use PowerPoint 2000 you may
want to grab a new patch Microsoft just released that corrects a small potential
security hole. Microsoft says: 

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Puka-Puka Leads To Another Discovery

Reader Shawn Jefferds started
following the recent links ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-18.htm#9
) on solving the annoyance of having your floppy drive engage in seeming-random
seeks from time to time (and in the process, making a noise that goes something
like "puka-puka-puka…") but he found something else along the way:

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The “Freedom” Firewall

In the last issue, I wrote about a
"promising new free firewall" called "Freedom." ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-22.htm#7
) I ended the brief description by saying:

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Tweaks Times Three, With Two For Free

A recent item in the Plus! edition
on removing "ghost" entries in Control Panel’s "Add/Remove
Software" applet— entries for software you no longer have installed—
triggered a mini-flood of email, so much so that it’s worth opening the
discussion to the wider newsletter readership:

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M*lissa Virus Returns

(To keep this email from triggering
email virus filters, I’ll use an asterisk in place of the letter "e"
in sensitive spots.)

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All Your OE5 Problems Solved?

In the last issue, I wrote about
"Awesome Free Resource For Solving OE5 Problems." (See http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-18.htm#5
). Well, two readers sent in mails that arrived within seconds of each other—
and they just may have one-upped me <g>:

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And A Specific Reader-Generated OE Tip 

Patrick L. Mills had a problem with
OE5’s handling of newsgroup messages, and his solution may help others with
similar problems:

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Want Your Own Copy Of Every LangaList Ever Published?

The LangaList started in 1997: Over
the years, the format changed many times, but I’ve always tried to include
useful and interesting information— along with a few things that are just
plain cool or fun. With almost 100 issues a year for the last several years,
it’s added up to a hefty mini-library of information.

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