Microsoft releases monthly patches
Microsoft has released software updates for versions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 and warned customers about a security vulnerability in a Windows component called IDirectPlay4, which is used to support multiplayer network games. The security hole, if successfully exploited, could allow a remote attacker to cause a Windows application using the affected component to fail, creating a denial of service attack. Microsoft published a bulletin describing the hole, MS04-016, and rated the problem moderate, indicating that it is difficult to exploit and can be fixed by changing configuration settings or other factors. IDirectPlay4 is one of three application programming interfaces (APIs) that make up Microsoft DirectPlay, a protocol that provides networking services for networks based on Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPE).
IBM unleashes latest integration software
IBM has rolled out a new version of its enterprise software that integrates information from numerous sources by using automated features and search technology. The DB2 Information Integrator, code-named Masala, was released in open beta and, according to IBM, delivers more than 100 new features focused on automation, faster access to relevant corporate data, simplified application deployment and integration across the broadest array of information assets. The DB2 Information Integrator enabled businesses with a single view of their information and real-time access and integration of both proprietary and emerging data sources, including structured and unstructured data and regardless of the vendor the DB2 can tap into existing IT investments, IBM said.