Software

Tool Tuesday: IE NetRenderer

If you’re on a Mac or you have already upgraded to Internet Explorer 7, then you’ll be pretty lost about how your site looks like on lower versions of Internet Explorer. For me this is a big problem because half my visitors to my several sites are still using IE6 and you have to admit that IE6 is a pathetic browser. IE7 is a lot more compliant and displays sites a lot correctly than its predecessors.

Software Saturday: Foxit Reader

Using Adobe Reader has been the traditional method of viewing PDFs, can’t blame them since they are after all the main folks behind the PDF revolution. However, one complain that everyone has had wrt Adobe Reader has been its massive load time. I will admit that the latest version, 8, does load extremely quickly.

Beware: Potential vulnerability in Adobe Reader

Secunia reports that Piotr Bania has found a vulnerability in Adobe Reader, which can potentially be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user’s system. The vulnerability is caused due to an unspecified error when processing PDF files. This can be exploited to cause a heap corruption and may allow execution of arbitrary code when a specially-crafted PDF file is opened.

India to ban ‘illegal’ VOIP

In the time of progess, India gets ready to take a step forward … or is it back? Citing security concerns, the Department of Telecom (DoT) now plans to bring messenger-based telephony services such as those offered by Skype, Yahoo, MSN, and Net2Phone, under the scanner.

Beware: IE and Firefox can help steal your password!

Just when we were settling into the so called more secure versions of the two most popular browsers, Robert Chapin has stated that both Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2 are vulnerable to what he dubbed as a reverse cross-site request, or RCSR. An exploit for this flaw has already been seen on social-networking site MySpace.com when Netcraft discovered a fraudulent login page was hosted on MySpace servers.