Microsoft released an extraordinary security patch yesterday.
Published: October 23, 2008
Seeing as Microsoft only release patches once a month, this is totally unexpected, and indicates the critical nature of the flaw. One surmises that there are already hackers and other criminals already exploiting this flaw.
There are lots of details in the MS08-067 bulletin and there is starting to be a fair bit of chatter on the tubes about it – see this from Nick MacKechnie for example where he points to the Security Vulnerability Research and Defense blog.
We emailed all our clients and suggested they patch immediately, or invite us to remotely connect to them and manage that for them.
Apparently the www.microsoft.com website is completely run on Windows 2008 servers now - and they are still only in Beta 3. As a result there is a funny little video about the last Win 2003 server at Microsoft. There are some funny references including a huge dig at Win Me, and the last line by the bar tender is excellent.
Check it out at http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/pages/about-lone-server.aspx. Watch the long version.
You've got a legal copy, installed and activated. Then your machine goes and blows up on you and you have to install it again. Where's the product key? If your anything like me it probably went out in the rubbish some time ago.
The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a freeware utility that retrieves your Product Key (cd key) used to install windows from your registry. It has the options to copy the key to clipboard, save it to a text file, or print it for safekeeping. It works on Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Windows Vista, Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007.
Source, Doug Klippert