IBM is preparing a slimmed-down alternative to Microsoft's
Office suite with a set of applications that run on
corporate Web servers. The business productivity application
comprises word-processing, spreadsheet, and e-mail software.
IBM said that its applications are not intended to compete
with the advanced features of MS-Office. Instead, the
company is aiming at a large percentage of people who
do not use the full set of capabilities in MS-Office.
The applications are due in the second quarter of this
year and will not be sold alone. The company will bundle
them with its WebSphere portal server software.
Linux for Itanium
SCO Group recently released a version of Linux for Intel's
Itanium processor family. The software is based on version
1.0 of the Linux distribution from the UnitedLinux consortium,
which includes SCO Group, SuSE, Conectiva and Turbolinux.
The SCO Linux Server 4.0 for Itanium chips includes
remote management features, clustering capabilities
to let one system take over if another fails and security
auditing tools. The software is available now.
Header Processing Vulnerability
A new vulnerability has been discovered in multiple
versions of Sendmail, one of the most common e-mail
servers. Remote attackers may gain root access and complete
control on affected SMTP servers. As SMTP servers are
responsible for delivering and receiving e-mail, sensitive
information may also be disclosed/tampered with by attackers.
Sendmail is a widely used MTA (Message Transfer Agent)
for Unix and Microsoft Windows systems. Sendmail has
released patches for older versions and has released
version 8.12.8, which contains patches for this vulnerability.
promises secure Windows
There's a ray of hope for Windows users who are fed
up with spam, viruses, wormsand resulting computer
crashes. Microsoft says a future version of Windows
will be more adept at detecting and handling malicious
code. As proof of concept, Microsoft is showing new
features for countering viruses and spam in Microsoft
Word 2003 and Exchange 2003.