Archive for April 6, 2009

PowerPoint Hit with Zero-Day Attacks

Posted: April 6, 2009 in Tech

Microsoft is warning about a targeted attack exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Office PowerPoint. If successfully exploited, an infected PowerPoint file could enable hackers to take control of the victim’s computer. If a user is compromised the attacker gains the same user rights as the local user.

The PowerPoint file that exploits the vulnerability is received as an e-mail attachment, or as a link in an Instant Messenger message. The link directs the user to a web portal where the infected file can be downloaded. To get infected the user must click the file on the portal or the attachment and run the file.

Sony has announced a new camcorder called the HDR-TG5V that is small and has a rugged frame made from titanium.

Features include a 2.7″ LCD with a touch panel screen for intuitive menu navigation and a 1/5″ CMOS sensor for capturing brilliant 2.3MP video and 4MP stills. The professional Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens features 10x optical zoom and SteadyShot image stabilization. Face Detection automatically adjusts exposure and focus on up to 8 faces. Smile Shutter technology ensures smiles on stills. The camera has Dolby(R) Digital stereo recording, and includes HDMI (TM) and USB 2.0 interfaces.

HP is considering the use of Android on its netbooks but is not yet ready to release a product running the Google OS. HP said they are assessing the capability it will have for the computing and communications industry and is open to considering various OS options.

HP said their engineers have been assigned to porting Android to its netbooks but no decision has been reached to offer the OS at this point.

Apple has reportedly released an updated beta edition of their upcoming iPhone 3.0 update for the Apple iPhone.

The iPhone 3.0 firmware upgrade will bring with it a key change to the handset’s ‘Springboard’ home screen, with a major increase in the number of applications users can have at any time.