Data Management

2008 -- where 2006 exploits still rule

So the question is: who is running their SQL servers on systems unpatched since 2006 and/or not installing service packs? The answer is clearly enough people to warrant continued exploitation.

Last weekend 70,000 sites running Microsoft SQL and IIS had the displeasure of being exploited by a variety of SQL injection attacks. One of the exploits, MS06-014, was patched in September 2006 and anyone running Service Pack 2 of XP would not be affected.

So the question is: who is running their SQL servers on systems unpatched since 2006 and/or not installing service packs?

The answer is clearly enough people to warrant continued exploitation.

A new search engine from the people that brought you Wikipedia launched this week. Wikia search relies on users to contribute to improve its effectiveness. Due to its reliance on users to improve it, I can foresee this being used only by a devoted few until a point is reached where the results are comparable to those from Google. Even then though, why would someone use Wikia search over Google? If Wikia cannot answer that question to satisfy users then it will continue to tank.

Relations between the One Laptop Per Child project and Intel are starting to enter soap opera proportions with OLPC beginning work on a version of the XO laptop that is capable of dual booting. Intel's Classmate laptop can already do this and being able to run Windows is seen as a reason why the Classmate may have been chosen over the XO in some countries.

Even Bill Gates felt the need to chime into the saga saying: "OLPC hasn't done that well. We're in literally over 100 countries with special versions of Windows, including Starter Edition. OLPC is nowhere compared to where we are on this thing."

No bonus points are given this week for thinking to oneself: "Won't somebody please think of the children?"

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