Scott Hanselman

ALERT! SQL Server Worm - PATCH YOUR SERVERS TO SP3

January 25, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services
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http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/01/25/1245206

"Since about midnight EST almost every host on the internet has been receiving a 376 byte UDP payload on port ms-sql-m (1434) from a random infected server. Reports of some hosts receiving 10 per minute or more. internetpulse.net is reporting UUNet and Internap are being hit very hard. This is the cause of major connectivity problems being experienced worldwide. It is believed this worm leverages a vulnerability published in June 2002. Several core routers have taken to blocking port 1434 outright. If you run Microsoft SQL Server, make sure the public internet can't access it. If you manage a gateway, consider dropping UDP packets sent to port 1434." bani adds "This has effectively disabled 5 of the 13 root nameservers."

Installing SQL Server SQL 3 fixes this problem!  It pays to stay up to date (and get up early on a Saturday and walk straight over to your computer...)

Details at the links below:

http://www.sarc.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.sqlexp.worm.html
http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/370308
http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/399260
http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/484891

 

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Coding with Shu Ha Ri

January 24, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | Tools
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A reminder on coding standards and best practices from Jim Little:

Shu: Learn the rules.  Practice them religously.
Ha: Break the rules.  Learn where they don’t apply.
Ri: Leave the rules.  Use rules as a tool, nothing more.  (also, “Make the rules.”)

http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?ShuHaRi
http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?ThreeLevelsOfAudience

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Radio Userland sucks my left ass

January 24, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Musings | Tools
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I need to stop with this piece of...Radio Userland sucks my left ass.  I just lost everything in this stupid editor because radio's use of the IE HTML Editor ate it.  Crap.  I'd use the Mail-To-WebLog if it supported Titles.  Sigh.  Why does Dave Winer have time to post 8000 things a day, but noone in his organization bothers to read their own support newsgroup?  Haven't we been on Version 8.08 for a 11 months?

Question of the day: How do I export my entire Radio Userland life into one MEGA RSS file for archival (read: moving to another tool) purposes ?

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Noteable - Extending Windows NT Server 4.0 Support

January 24, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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Windows NT Server 4.0 pay-per-incident and hotfix support was scheduled to end on December 31, 2003.  However, based on feedback from our customers, Microsoft has made a decision to continue Windows NT Server 4.0 pay-per-incident and security hotfix support through December 31, 2004. Support for non-security hotfixes will not be extended.   Non-Security hotfix support ends December 31, 2003.    For additional information on the Microsoft Support Lifecycle for Windows NT Server 4.0, or any other product, please see http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle.  

Interesting...I know there are a LOT of NT 4.0 Servers out there...looks like NT 4 will be with us a while longer.

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Leaky Abstractions? My creativity or my ignorance.

January 23, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services
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Has anyone else seen WinSock Error 10055 WSAENOBUFS when working with .NET Remoting? 

.NET is a great abstraction layer, arguably the best, but I tell ya, I spend more time with Packet Sniffers and running around at the levels of:

A. Threading
2. Sockets

than I ever used to...it feels like these two core OS areas are being stressed more now that .NET enables us to built software bigger, better, faster.  Our abstraction layer is creaking under the heavy load of either my creativity or my ignorance.

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