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Wed, Sep 20, 2000 (Vol. 5, #43 - Issue #217)
How Many Holes in each OS??
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • Microsoft Enemy Number One Quits His Job
    • How Many Vulnerabilities Per Operating System?
    • Get A Jump on Your MCSE 2000 Certification
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Hi Everybody,

Just a few very timely and useful items in this W2KnewsFlash.

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

Microsoft Enemy Number One Quits His Job

Joel Klein, the Justice Department antitrust chief who's been Micro soft's Nemesis and been wanting to break Microsoft in two, has quit his job yesterday. Klein has been the one driving the effort to limit the MS expansion and the motor of the whole court case.

This is actually the second top prosecutor that leaves the MS case. The Justice Department also hired an independent council that had the job to make MS' life difficult in court, but Boies is not going to do anything in the coming appeal. Klein is going to take off for a while and then hunt for a new job. I wonder what fire truck he's going to chase now.

MS had no comment but I'm sure they like it. And, as I have said many times, this thing is going to drag through the courts for years to come and will not have any effect on day-to-day bizz.

How Many Vulnerabilities Per Operating System?

You may all be aware that much used commercial software can be like Swiss cheese when you look at security vulnerabilities. Some OS-es are worse than others, but what are the numbers, and which one is best? Perhaps you have heard of NTBUGTRAQ. They have a database that tracks holes and this gives a good indication. Here goes, and you'll be surprised.

- Commercial Unix : 271 (AIX, IRIX, Solaris, HP-UX and BSD/OS)
- Linux           : 147 (aggregate)
- Windows NT/2000 : 146 (This is NT and IE together)
- Windows 3.1/9x  : 61
- FreeBSD, OpenBSD: 42
- MAC OS          : 6
- Novell Netware  : 5

So here is your reason to have a look at QualysGuard and hack your own networks before some one else does. Check out the web demo, and then take the next step of talking to one of our Reps or Resellers and see it on a live system. Start here!

Get A Jump on Your MCSE 2000 Certification

Transcender(r) Corp just released four of their simulations for W2K core exams. These include the following exams: 70-210; 70-215; 70-216; and exam 70-217. Single-user licenses for these products are available for $149 each. Each of these exams counts as core credit for your W2K Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer track.

A lot of people have been waiting for these products, and I'm sure the Transcender people are happy to have them available. The demand has definitely been strong. You can also get the four exam simulation as a Deluxe MCSE 2000 Select Pak(tm) and the Deluxe MCSE 2000 Core Pak(tm). Single-user licenses for these Paks are currently available and they have introductory prices until October 1, 2000.

Each of the simulations feature three full-length exams with customized, randomized and computer adaptive testing options. Also included are in-depth questions and answers with direct references to Microsoft documentation and other study resources. Additional features include a score report history that pinpoints your weak areas requiring further attention, extensive print and review options, and an online user manual. Check 'em out (or rather: get yourself checked out ;-) at

Sunbelt already got a few for our internal use.

That's all folks!

(email me with feedback: [email protected])