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Friday, 08 May 2009 04:16

PowerPoint the focus of May's Patch Tuesday

After a busy April, May's Patch Tuesday looks like being a walk in the park for Windows administrators as only one bulletin is scheduled. But don't get complacent: it is a critical issue.

Unusually, there are no bulletins scheduled for Windows itself. The sole issue relates to PowerPoint.

And there's more good news - although the bulletin comes with a maximum severity rating of critical, that only applies to PowerPoint 2000.

For other affected versions (XP, 2003 and 2007), it's only considered important. The same applies to PowerPoint Viewer 2003 and 2007.

The exact nature of the issue will be disclosed next week, but it seems likely that it is another 'malformed document causes buffer overflow with potential remote code execution' problem.

The PowerPoint update will be available via Microsoft Update but not through Windows Update.

Microsoft officials have said there will also be the customary update for the Malicious Software Removal Tool. It seems likely that the junk email filter will also be updated as usual.

At least one high-priority but non-security update is also expected on Tuesday.

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Now’s the Time for 400G Migration

The optical fibre community is anxiously awaiting the benefits that 400G capacity per wavelength will bring to existing and future fibre optic networks.

Nearly every business wants to leverage the latest in digital offerings to remain competitive in their respective markets and to provide support for fast and ever-increasing demands for data capacity. 400G is the answer.

Initial challenges are associated with supporting such project and upgrades to fulfil the promise of higher-capacity transport.

The foundation of optical networking infrastructure includes coherent optical transceivers and digital signal processing (DSP), mux/demux, ROADM, and optical amplifiers, all of which must be able to support 400G capacity.

With today’s proprietary power-hungry and high cost transceivers and DSP, how is migration to 400G networks going to be a viable option?

PacketLight's next-generation standardised solutions may be the answer. Click below to read the full article.


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Stephen Withers

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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