Researchers disclose zero-day bug

By James Lawson, ITWeb journalist
Johannesburg, 07 Jul 2010

Researchers disclose zero-day bug

An anonymous group of researchers has published information about an un-patched Windows bug, says ITWorld.

The group said it disclosed the vulnerability because of the way Microsoft treated a colleague. The bug, which targets Windows Vista and Server 2008, allows attackers to gain unauthorised access to a PC or could cause it to crash.

Microsoft downplayed the threat, stating the vulnerability requires an attacker to have physical access to the computer, or already compromised with another exploit.

IT carbon offset scheme unveiled

CSI Leasing has signed a contract with myclimate, a non-profit carbon offset company, to allow its customers to offset carbon on new leasing deals, states

The myclimate carbon calculator appears on the CSI Leading Web site, which enables customers to gauge how much carbon will need to be offset over the duration of each lease.

“IT leasing has seen a surge in popularity with organisations since the WEEE directive came into force in 2007. CEOs and IT directors are concerned about their company's carbon footprint and the environmental issues associated with disposal of IT kit,” says Chris Lloyd, UK sales director at CSI Leasing.

Google pushes Android 2.2

Google has begun pushing its Android 2.2 operating system (OS) over the air to Google Nexus One smartphones, writes eWeek.

The latest enhancements improve the speed of the OS, a cloud-to-device messaging API, and enterprise and security controls for Microsoft Exchange.

The move comes after Motorola says Android 2.2 would come to its Motorola Droid X device, set for release on 15 July.

HTC sales above expectation

The HTC Desire smartphone line has achieved record sales, says The BBC.

The Taiwanese smartphone maker reported a 41% sales increase for the first six months of 2010, increasing its year-on-year revenue from $2.1 billion to $3 billion.

"Normally, June is an off-peak season. The sales figures are really amazing," says Michael Chiang, of Taiwan International Securities.