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Passport flaws let anyone control passwords

Weaknesses in Microsoft’s “single sign-in” Passport technology
forced the Redmond company early this month to temporarily shut down
the ability of Passport users to change their passwords.

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XP, IE, and OE patches cause their own problems

It hasn’t been Microsoft’s best month for releasing patches.

After it was widely reported that installing a recent security patch
can slow Windows XP to a crawl, the Redmond company
had to admit the problem and scale back its recommendation that
all XP users apply the update.

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XP Service Pack 1 hoses CD-ROM and floppy-diskaccess

Microsoft’s launch of its new Windows Server 2003 line is just
taking place as I write this, and my readers are starting to send
fascinating tips about its secrets. But while I’m compiling a new batch
of articles on that subject, the most interesting gotcha I’ve
heard of this week involves Windows XP with Service Pack 1
installed.

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Microsoft to release Windows Server 2003

San Francisco will be even geekier than usual on April 24
as Microsoft
descends on the city for the formal ceremony releasing its
long-awaited
server operating system, Windows Server 2003
(formerly entitled Windows 2003 .NET Server).
The product is positioned as an upgrade to Windows 2000
Server.

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Fun with Microsoft licensing

I’m not going to repeat here all the complaints people have about
Microsoft’s various software licensing schemes. But reader William
Walo II found a new wrinkle lately. Since he’s so good at telling
the story, I’ll let him do the talking:

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XP passwords rendered useless

Windows XP, which has been marketed Microsoft as “the most secure
version
ever,” has been found to have a flaw so bone-headed that it renders
passwords ineffective as a means of keeping people out of your PC.

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