Daily News Brief: QuickTime Exploit Exposed


Apple QuickTime Exploit

Addressing several security flaws found in version 7.2, Apple earlier this month released QuickTime 7.3, but the new version didn't patch an " extremely critical " exploit found in the Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP). Users can fall victim to the exploit through infected streams or web sites, and iTunes users are at risk too. See the US-CERT for a list of workarounds.

Remember Rambus?

Rambus made a run for desktop adoption back in the P4 era, but was ultimately supplanted by DDR. But instead of disappearing into the silicon history books, Rambus this week plans to announce a new memory signaling technology initiative with a goal of bringing memory bandwidth up to the terabyte-per-second mark . Broken down, Rambus is focusing on a 32X data rate rather than boosting clockspeeds. The new memory isn't expected to hit the market until 2011.

SP3 Makes XP even More Attractive

Windows Vista is having a hard enough time winning over enthusiasts clinging onto XP, and it looks like a new Service Pack will further entrench users into the 'old' OS. No, we're not talking about SP1 for Vista, but SP3 for Windows XP , which a Florida based development firm claims has added a 10 percent performance boost. And what did the same firm have to say about Vista with SP1? They're calling it a " performance dud ." Ouch!

Microsoft Casting Itself into Siberia

Settle down Linux fans, this isn't a self banishment. Instead, Microsoft is planning to build a data center in Irkutsk , where the mean temperature in January reaches -19°C! The new facility will be able to hold 10,000 servers, with connectivity from a Transtelecom fiber line. But it's the stable power capacity of 50 megawatts that Microsoft found most attractive.

Torvald Talks Linux in '08

What happens when Microsoft's latest OS fails to impress the masses, while Linux gets easier to use? We're not sure just yet, but it could be a break-out year for Linux. InformationWeek has published an interview with Linus Torvald focusing on where he thinks Linux is headed in 2008. Read more here.

Sale Surfing Stalls Websites

Black Friday's the busiest shopping day of the year, and according to Keynote Competitive Research, nearly a third of leading retailers were caught off guard by the amount of internet traffic, leading to massive site loading slowdowns. Some sites crawled 400 percent slower than usual, happening most frequently when surfers tried to search for a product or checkout. Big retailers take note: The holiday shopping season is just beginning...

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