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Read the Special Report on bugs, fixes, and incompatibilities in Windows XP Service Pack 2

5/31/2005 MS Word Chops Up a Text Box

Microsoft says that if you have configured Word 2002 to hide the white space in a document, then text in a horizontal text box might have the bottom chopped off. There is a post-Office 2002 Service Pack 3 hotfix for this, which will be included in a later service pack. If you often fall victim to this bug, you may want to contact Microsoft Technical Support and ask for the 5/16/2005 hotfix package that is described in Knowledge Base article 899411. Note that you may get charged for this call.

Today's BugBlog Plus has five more bugs and fixes for Apple, ATI, Lavasoft, and Microsoft.

5/30/2005 iTunes Update Loses Artwork

Apple says that if you have upgraded to iTunes 4.7.1, you may notice that all your album artwork may have disappeared. To get it back, they say you should upgrade to iTunes 4.8. Apparently the new update fixes the problem caused by the earlier update.

Today's BugBlog Plus has ten more bugs and fixes for Apple, ATI, Lavasoft, Mandrake, Microsoft, Open BSD, Sun Microsystems, and Winamp.

5/27/2005 Another Netscape 8 Problem

A new bug has surfaced in the newly-released AOL Netscape 8. It appears that installing Netscape 8 will cause some problems with Microsoft Internet Explorer on pages that call for XML rendering. Apparently, Netscape edits IE's portion of the Registry for its own use, which causes the problem. Microsoft has suggested a remedy for this -- uninstall Netscape and then make some edits to your Registry. This fix hasn't shown up yet in the Microsoft Knowledge Base, but is in the semi-official IEBlog that is run by the Microsoft Internet Explorer developers at http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2005/05/25/421763.aspx. AOL says you don't have to uninstall -- just wait for their fix.

5/26/2005 Windows May Fall Asleep Too Fast

Microsoft says that in both Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, you might be able to put the computer on standby while you are in the middle of copying a file to an ACPI-compliant (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) device, such as a USB floppy drive. They say that Windows will try to complete the transfer after it wakes up, although its not hard to imagine ways that this could be interrupted. The workaround is simple -- have some patience and wait for the transfer to finish before going to standby.

5/25/2005 Spyware Problem Solved (Not)

No need to worry about spyware anymore -- Congress is going to take care of it. After working hard to come up with a catchy acronym, the Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act, or Spy Act, passed the US House by a vote of 393-4. If it ever passes the Senate, it will outlaw the act of taking over a computer in order to send unauthorized information or code. A second bill, I-Spy Act, mandates a jail term for people who uses spyware to access a PC without authorization and use that computer to commit another federal crime. Now all they have to do is catch them. Read the details at http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,120985,00.asp

Today's BugBlog Plus has twelve more bugs and fixes for Adobe, Apple, ATI, Computer Associates, Macromedia, Microsoft and Red Hat.

5/24/2005 Bug in CA Antivirus Products

There's a bug in the Vet antivirus engine that powers most of the Computer Associates product line, including the CA eTrust and eTrust EZ Antivirus 7, for Windows, Linux, and Solaris platforms. An attacker may be able to trigger a heap overflow and then use the opportunity to run their own code on the computer. CA says to install the fixes as they become available -- keep an eye on http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/vulninfo/vuln.aspx?id=32896 for when that happens. They credit Alex Wheeler for discovering this bug.

Today's BugBlog Plus has five more bugs and fixes for Apple, IBM, and Microsoft.

5/23/2005 Apple Recalls iBook, PowerMac Batteries

It's not a bug, it's a fire. Or at least a possible fire, on certain batteries for Apple's 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4, which may overheat. Batteries under a recall notice from Apple and the US Consumer Product Safety Comission are model numbers A1061, A1078, and A1079 and serial numbers that begin with HQ441 through HQ507 and 3X446 through 3X510. Go to https://depot.info.apple.com/batteryexchange/index.html?lang=en for full details, plus an order form for getting a new battery.

Today's BugBlog Plus has five more bugs and fixes for Apple, Cisco, and Microsoft.

5/21/2005 New Netscape, then a Newer Netscape

AOL has released Netscape 8.0, which is a combination of both the Mozilla Firefox and the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser. They almost immediately then released the 8.01 update to incorporate the security fixes in the Mozilla Firefox 1.04 release. (Most of the security bulletins that you find at the Netscape Security Center at http://browser.netscape.com/ns8/security/alerts.jsp are actually links to Mozilla security bulletins.) Some of the security in the Netscape browser is based on a Trust Rating System, explained at http://browser.netscape.com/ns8/security/default.jsp. (Can't say that the security zone model has worked well for MSIE.)

Today's BugBlog Plus has five more bugs and fixes for Apple, Microsoft, and Red Hat.

5/20/2005 Open Door In Novell ZENworks

Novell says that there is a bug in the ZENworks Remote Management authentication protocol that may let a remote attacker into the network. These versions are vulnerable: Novell ZENworks for Servers 3.x; Novell ZENworks for Desktops 4.x; Novell ZENworks 6.5 Server Management; Novell ZENworks 6.5 Desktop Management; Novell ZENworks Remote Management. There is no fix or workaround yet -- keep an eye on
http://support.novell.com/cgi-bin/search/searchtid.cgi?/10097644.htm for updates. Novell credits Alex Wheeler with finding this bug.

5/19/2005 It's Not Easy Being Green

Microsoft says that if you tell Windows Media Player 10 to thin a multiple-bit-rate video stream by selecting a lower bit rate, things might go too far. If Windows Media Player has to resize the video, it may incorrectly give a negative size to the video. This could invert the video and also color it green. Microsoft has a hotfix for this, which will also be in a future service pack or upgrade. You can also download this fix from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/898549 or from the Microsoft Download Center.

5/18/2005 New Worm Takes Aim

A new worm is on the move in AIM, AOL's instant messaging software. It's picked up different names from security companies, including Oscarbot-B and Doyorg. It will appear to be a message from someone on your buddy list, with the message "Hey check this out". If you follow the link in the message, the worm may come to visit, creating a back door onto your computer that an attacker can use to gain access. A report in PC World says that the worm stays relatively inactive at first, so you may not even notice that you are infected.

Today's BugBlog Plus has twelve more bugs and fixes for Adobe, Apple, Microsoft, Red Hat and UbiSoft.

5/17/2005 First Update for Mac OS X 10.4.1

That didn't take long -- Apple has released the first update for Mac OS X 10.4. The new version 10.4.1 has a number of bug fixes. Without the update, Safari might crash if you Control-click or right click some PDF files or graphics. Printing PDFs from Safari should now work better, too. Previously, you may only get a gray bar on your hard copy.

5/16/2005 Microsoft Updates its Cleanup Tool

Microsoft has made their monthly update of their Malicious Software Removal Tool, which checks for and eliminates some of the more common virus, worm and Trojan problems on your computer. The only addition to the list for May is Sdbot. You can see the full list of malicious software it checks, and download the latest edition, at http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=890830.

Today's BugBlog Plus has ten more bugs and fixes for Adobe, Apple, Microsoft, Novell, Sun Microsystems and UbiSoft.

5/14/2005 A Fix for the Sith Lords

Feel a disturbance in the Force? LucasArts has an update for Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. The 1.0b update fixes a crash that sometimes happens in the dialogue when entering the Harbringer. It also fixes a crash that may happen when going between B-4D4 and the main character after the quest on Telos. You can get this fix at http://support.lucasarts.com/patches/kotor2.htm.

Today's BugBlog Plus has five more bugs and fixes for Adobe, Microsoft and Mozilla.

While waiting for Revenge of the Sith, you can get your Star Wars fix at The Darth Side, a blog by Darth Vader.

5/13/2005 Ejecting Tiger, Hidden Problem

If you are trying to install Mac OS X 10.4 from a DVD, and your drive keeps on ejecting the DVD, here are two things to check. First, Apple says to make sure your computer meets the OS X 10.4 system requirements that you find at http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301341. Second, see if you are using a SuperDrive. If you are, you may need to get one of the firmware updates that you can find at http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301544.

5/12/2005 Firefox Quickly Patches Bugs

The Mozilla Foundation has released Mozilla Firefox 1.0.4. This release fixes the two security problems reported in the BugBlog on Tuesday that, when combined, may let an attacker run their own code on your computer. It also fixes a privilege escalation bug. Get the update at http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/.

5/11/2005 Fix for Windows 2000 Web View Bug

Microsoft has issued a security patch for Windows 2000. The MS05-024 patch fixes the bug in Windows Explorer web view that was discovered by security researchers at GrayMagic, and reported in the 4/22 BugBlog. If you used Windows Explorer web view on a maliciously constructed file, the attackers may be able to run their own code on your computer. Microsoft doesn't deem this a Critical Update. (Presumably because you would have to download the file first, but that's just a guess.) Get it at

Today's BugBlog Plus has ten more bugs and fixes for Adobe, Apple, ATI, Macromedia and Microsoft.

5/10/2005 Serious Bug in Mozilla

There are two separate bugs in Mozilla Firefox that can be combined to launch an attack against a user. The first lets one site inject some Javascript into another site, which could be used to steal cookies or Java. This can be combined with another flaw that could trick you into installing hostile software on your site. This can only be done if if you go to Tools, Options, Web Features and check the box that says "Allow web sites to install software." By default, only two sites are on the list of allowed sites; they are both controlled by the Mozilla Foundation, and they have made changes to prevent attacks from masquerading as those sites. If you have added other sites to that list, you may still be exposed. Until a permanent fix has been released, you may want to uncheck this option. MozillaZine has a writeup at http://www.mozillazine.org/talkback.html?article=6590, and the Mozilla Security Bulletin is at http://www.mozilla.org/security/announce/mfsa2005-42.html. Update: Mozilla has released a fix for this on 5/12

Today's BugBlog Plus has five more bugs and fixes for Apple, ATI, and Microsoft.

5/9/2005 Excel Pivot Table Problem

Some pivot table situations may be too complicated for Microsoft Excel 2003, and may cause it to crash with this error message
Excel.exe 11.0.6459.0 Excel.exe 11.0.6459.0 00c4469f
The situation that may cause this is when you have two or more pivot tables in a workbook, the pivot tables have distinct data connections, and there are calculated fields in the pivot tables. All these together may cause a crash if a Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro opens the file. Microsoft has fixed this in the Excel 2003 hotfix package of 4/28/2005. This hotfix will be in a future service pack, but if you are a heavy pivot table user, you might want to contact Microsoft and ask for the hotfix described in Knowledge Base article 898071. Note that you may be charged for this call.

Today's BugBlog Plus has five more bugs and fixes for Apple, ATI, Google and Microsoft.

5/8/2005 Microsoft Security Update Prevents File Sharing

Microsoft says that if have applied their MS05-011 Security Bulletin to a Windows 2000 or Windows XP computer, you may no longer be able to save a file from those computers to a file server that is using server message block (SMB) communications. This would mean Windows 95, Windows 98, and OS/2 computers. They have a hotfix for this, which will be in a future service pack. If you can't wait for the fix, contact Microsoft Technical Support and ask for the fix described in Knowledge Base article 895900. Note that you may be charged for this call.

Today's BugBlog Plus has five more bugs and fixes for Apple, ATI, and Microsoft.

5/7/2005 More Camera Support from Adobe

Adobe has update the Camera Plug-in for Photoshop CS2 and Photoshop Elements 3. If you have a Canon EOS Rebel XT (EOS 350D/EOS Kiss Digital N), Nikon D2X, Olympus EVOLT E-300, or Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom, you'll want this update, since your camera is now supported. Windows users can get the update at http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=2931. The Mac version is at http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=2930.

5/5/2005 ATI Squashes Some Control Center Bugs

The ATI Catalyst Software Suite 5.4 upgrade fixes a number of bugs in the Catalyst Control Center. This includes some bugs that would cause problems if you selected German or Dutch as the language; a missing control for the Bus setting is now shown on the Graphic Hardware portion of the Information Center; and you won't be able to mistakenly select a Custom mode that can't be supported by the display device.

5/4/2005 Apple Cleans Up Bluetooth in OS X 10.3.9

Right after the rollout of Mac OS X 10.4, Apple has released the Security Update 2005-005 for Mac OS X 10.3.9, for both the client and server. One way that security has been tightened up is in the Bluetooth file exchange. Previously, the Bluetooth file exchange service was turned on by default. You could be happily typing away on your PowerBook at the airport gate area, not knowing that the bad guy sitting across the aisle from you could share a file without you knowing about it. Bluetooth is now turned off by default, and there is a new default transfer directory. Apple credits kf_lists[at]digitalmunition[dot]com for reporting this.

Today's BugBlog Plus has seven more bugs and fixes for Apple, Cisco, IBM, Macromedia and Microsoft.

5/3/2005 Don't Get Sober (Again)

The latest version of the Sober mass-mailing worm is starting to cause alarm in the AV (anti-virus) world. Symantec has raised the threat-level to 3 (most of the time, they rate threats as only a 1 or a 2). It poses a threat to all Windows systems. It typically comes with a zipped attachment called LOL, autoemail-text, PassWort-Info, or Fifa_info-Text. The subject line may be Re:Your Password, Re:Registration Confirmation, Re:Your email was blocked, or Re:mailing error. If you open it, it will do all kinds of nasty things to your computer. Symantec has a removal tool, and more information, at http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.sober.o@mm.html.

Today's BugBlog Plus has five more bugs and fixes for Apple, IBM, Microsoft and Symantec.

5/2/2005 May's Bug of the Month

The Bug of the Month is Microsoft's patch for Windows TCP/IP, a critical update released on April 12.

5/1/2005 Windows Server 2003 Erases Audit Log

Microsoft says that if you restart the DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) service in Windows Server 2003, you will delete the daily DHCP audit log file for that day from Windows\System32\DHCP. This has been fixed in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1.

Today's BugBlog Plus has ten more bugs and fixes for Adobe, Apple, EA, LucasArts, Macromedia, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems.

4/30/2005 Disk Utilities May Not Be Compatible with Mac OS X 10.4

Playing with Tiger? If you have upgraded to Mac OS X 10.4, which is the Tiger Release, note that it supports Extended Attributes in the file system. If you try to use older disk utilities with Mac OS X 10.4, Apple says you may either get false errors, or the utility may try to fix things and will wipe out some data instead. Before you use any third-party disk utility, such as Alsoft DiskWarrior, Micromat Tech Tool, and Symantec Norton Disk Doctor, check to make sure you have a version that will be compatible with 10.4. Apple points out that there is a disk utility that is included with the new version.

Today's BugBlog Plus has five more bugs and fixes for Macromedia and Microsoft.



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