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SMB bug gets seven-year itch

This week's roundup looks at the Great Firewall of Australia, seven year-old security holes, Android's big bug and we chase Steve Ballmer around Sydney.

The next time that your boss is riding you to fix an important security bug, point them towards the precedent set by Microsoft this week. Seven years after a vulnerability was discovered in the SMB protocol, Microsoft has finally released a patch for it.

It was a difficult choice for Redmond, fix an outstanding security bug or take down most of Windows' network capabilities. History shows which way the decision went.

It's probable that one of the worst bugs in recent times was found on Android, with all input being duplicated into a root console. That means that users would be able to reboot or start up telnetd if the they typed it into an SMS.

Meanwhile in Canberra, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy was answering questions about the Great Firewall of Australia.

"I can assure the senator that the Government will implement the ISP-filtering component of this policy in a considered and consultative way," Conroy said.

Considering that the electorate didn't vote to have their network speeds drop by up to 85 per cent, one hopes that Conroy would consult the Firewall out of existence — but don't expect that anytime soon.

Liam Tung was on patrol for Steve Ballmer last week, and the results of his search appeared in this video. Other videos this week featured Douglas Crockford speaking about ECMAScript and Diana Mounter showed how to build cool stuff for government.

Brendon Chase asked the question "What happened to JavaFX?", and response was a swift "December 2, 2008"; but the question on whether it is too late to matter remains. We'll have a better idea come the new year.

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