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Thursday, July 8, 2004

Mozilla Windows Exploit

Both eWeek and Newsforge have reports of a bug in Mozilla and its Firefox and Thunderbird derivatives that would allow specific urls to run arbitrary code in Windows XP or 2000. This doesn't affect the Mac, Linux, or Solaris ports. There are patches and full new versions available for download on The irony is that the problem is not Mozilla's per se, but how Windows deals with the shell: command. Mozilla just passes it to the OS to handle which could be, well, destructive. All the patch does is disable the shell: command. The real bug behind this was supposed to be fixed in XP's SP1, but wasn't. Nevertheless, if you use any of Mozilla's products in WinXP/2K, get patching. Thanks Slashdot.

The Master comments: I patched my Firefox installation, and I think this new version made some dramatic speed improvements, too. I've been very impressed by the work on Firefox so far. I hope this continues.

Wednesday, July 7, 2004

How Not to DIY

Extremetech's Jim Lynch posted about his adventures trying to build his own box. I won't give too much away, but the telltale smell of smoke was involved. It's really not so hard as long as you take your time and take a few basic precautions. I know The Master has had some fun in this department in the past too :) Thanks Slashdot.

The Master comments: Yeah, I used a bad floppy drive in a new system which ended up grounding the whole system out and blew the PS. The lovely smell of ozone and smoke made the whole experience very special. Not to mention the shot mobo and CPU.

ChaosUT2 PR 3.01 Patch Released

The Chaos UT2 team have released the 3.01 patch for their popular mod for Unreal Tournament 2004. That link has a list of mirrors as well as their extensive changelog. Thanks Beyond Unreal.

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