Monthly Archives: August 2009

Battlefield 2 Update v1.50 on The 1st September

Battlefield 2 v1.50 is finally finished and will be released on Tuesday 1st September 2009 at 5pm UK time. (It’s about freakin time)

I must say though we must at least thank EA for makeing the effort to release a patch to a game thats 3 years old now, and while I havn’t played for a few months now I will probably give it another go once the patch is out and return to some more heavy play sessions over Friday nights and weekends to see how the games has improved. (or failed misurably and become worse)

List of Features, Tweaks and Bug Fixes being added to the game:

  • Additional support for Windows Vista
  • Added Highway Tampa as a required map
  • Added a new map “Operation Blue Pearl”
  • Added Euro Force and Armored Fury as free to play content for all Battlefield 2 players
  • Added Widescreen support
  • Added support for the Novint Falcon controller
  • Allowed BF2.exe to use more than 2Gb RAM
  • Changes made to both the J10 and F35B to make them more balanced
  • AA targeting tweaked to make it more effective
  • Added checks to prevent “runway grieving”
  • Various changes made to prevent cheating
  • Tweaked the hit detection, hits will be more accurate to the model
  • Occasional connection drops after being on a server a couple of minutes – Fixed
  • Prevented use of mouse wheel to provide speed boost to vehicles
  • Prevented use of mouse wheel to exploit parachutes
  • Players can now pass claymores by going prone
  • Update the HUD on TV Guided missiles to increase visibility on maps like Dragon Valley
  • Added Battlefield 2142 style prone deviation (going prone will now cause reduced accuracy for a brief period)
  • Fixed the issue where picking up a players kit would cause CTD
  • Updated BF2OpenAL.dll from version 1.1.1.0 to version 2.1.8.1
  • Updated ch_gas_station collision mesh on Dragon Valley to be consistent with other gas station buildings
  • Fixed the issue where MEC artillery piece on Operation Clean Sweep changes to the USMC’s control when they capture the Airfield flag
  • Updated the Challenger2 HUD to show the correct icon instead of the M1A2 HUD icon
  • Changed a PLA FAV to MEC FAV on Road to Jalalabad
  • Tweaked the artillery respawn time on Dragon Valley for to 360 seconds as other artillery uses
  • Included a delay after weapon switch for the Bizon (PP-19) to 0.666
  • Updated the F35B’s lock delay to 1 second instead of 1.5 seconds to match other aircraft
  • Changed the Humvee camo on Taraba Quarry to be the correct design
  • Increased the splash damage of the UH-60 (Black Hawk) guns from 0.25 to 1.5
  • Updated the G36E HUD to react the same as other weapons during sprint

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August 2009

Microsoft has dumped a whole bucket load of Patches this month, most of them have the potential to be devastating if exploited.

Critical Security Bulletins

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-043

– Affected Software:
– Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3
– Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3
– Microsoft Office 2000 Web Components Service Pack 3
– Microsoft Office XP Web Components Service Pack 3
– Microsoft Office 2003 Web Components Service Pack 3
– Microsoft Office 2003 Web Components Service Pack 1 for the
2007 Microsoft Office System
– Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006
– Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Service Pack 1
– Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004
Standard Edition Service Pack 3
– Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004
Enterprise Edition Service Pack 3
– Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2006
Standard Edition Service Pack 1
– Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2006
Enterprise Edition Service Pack 1
– Microsoft BizTalk Server 2002

– Impact: Remote Code Execution
– Version Number: 1.0

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-044

– Affected Software:
– On Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4:
– RDP Version 5.0 (you must install KB958471 before KB958470)
– RDP Version 5.1 (out-of-box)
– RDP Version 5.2 (out-of-box)
– On Windows XP Service Pack 2:
– RDP Version 5.1
– RDP Version 5.2 (out-of-box)
– RDP Version 6.0 (out-of-box)
– RDP Version 6.1 (out-of-box)
– On Windows XP Service Pack 3:
– RDP Version 5.2 (out-of-box)
– RDP Version 6.1
– On Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2:
– RDP Version 5.2
– RDP Version 6.1 (out-of-box)
– On Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2:
– RDP Version 5.2
– RDP Version 6.0 (out-of-box)
– On Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2:
– RDP Version 5.2
– RDP Version 6.0 (out-of-box)
– On Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems:
– RDP Version 5.2
– On Windows Vista:
– RDP Version 6.0
– On Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and
Windows Vista Service Pack 2:
– RDP Version 6.1
– On Windows Vista x64 Edition:
– RDP Version 6.0
– On Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1 and
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2:
– RDP Version 6.1
– On Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected):
– RDP Version 6.1
– On Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected):
– RDP Version 6.1
– On Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems and
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
– RDP Version 6.1
– Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0
(This upgrades Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0 to
Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0.1)

– Impact: Remote Code Execution
– Version Number: 1.0

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-039

– Affected Software:
– Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Service Pack 4
– Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
– Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
– Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems

– Impact: Remote Code Execution
– Version Number: 1.0

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-038

– Affected Software:
– Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
– Windows XP Service Pack 2 and
Windows XP Service Pack 3
– Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
– Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
– Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
– Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
– Windows Vista,
Windows Vista Service Pack 1, and
Windows Vista Service Pack 2
– Windows Vista x64 Edition,
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1, and
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
– Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected)
– Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected)
– Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems and
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2

– Impact: Remote Code Execution
– Version Number: 1.0

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-037

– Affected Software:
– On Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4:
– Microsoft Outlook Express 5.5 Service Pack 2
– Microsoft Outlook Express 6 Service Pack 1
– Windows Media Player 9
– Windows ATL Component
– DHTML Editing Component ActiveX Control
– On Windows XP Service Pack 2 and
Windows XP Service Pack 3:
– Microsoft Outlook Express 6
– Windows Media Player 9,
Windows Media Player 10, and
Windows Media Player 11
– Windows ATL Component
– DHTML Editing Component ActiveX Control
– Microsoft MSWebDVD ActiveX Control
– On Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2:
– Microsoft Outlook Express 6
– Windows Media Player 10 and
Windows Media Player 11
– Windows ATL Component
– DHTML Editing Component ActiveX Control
– Microsoft MSWebDVD ActiveX Control
– On Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2:
– Microsoft Outlook Express 6
– Windows Media Player 10
– Windows ATL Component
– DHTML Editing Component ActiveX Control
– Microsoft MSWebDVD ActiveX Control
– On Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2:
– Microsoft Outlook Express 6
– Windows Media Player 10
– Windows ATL Component
– DHTML Editing Component ActiveX Control
– Microsoft MSWebDVD ActiveX Control
– On Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems:
– Microsoft Outlook Express 6
– Windows ATL Component
– DHTML Editing Component ActiveX Control
– Microsoft MSWebDVD ActiveX Control
– On Windows Vista,
Windows Vista Service Pack 1, and
Windows Vista Service Pack 2:
– Windows Media Player 11
– Windows ATL Component
– On Windows Vista x64 Edition,
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1, and
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2:
– Windows Media Player 11
– Windows ATL Component
– On Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2:
– Windows Media Player 11
(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected)
– Windows ATL Component
(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation affected)
– On Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2:
– Windows Media Player 11
(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected)
– Windows ATL Component
(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation affected)
– Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems and
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
– Windows ATL Component

– Impact: Remote Code Execution
– Version Number: 1.0

Important Security Bulletins

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-041

– Affected Software:
– Windows XP Service Pack 2 and
Windows XP Service Pack 3
– Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
– Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
– Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
– Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
– Windows Vista,
Windows Vista Service Pack 1, and
Windows Vista Service Pack 2
– Windows Vista x64 Edition,
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1, and
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
– Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation affected)
– Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation affected)
– Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems and
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2

– Impact: Elevation of Privilege
– Version Number: 1.0

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-040

– Affected Software:
– Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
– Windows XP Service Pack 2
– Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
– Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
– Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
– Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
– Windows Vista
– Windows Vista x64 Edition

– Impact: Elevation of Privilege
– Version Number: 1.0

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-036

– Affected Software:
– On Windows Vista and
Windows Vista Service Pack 1:
– Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1,
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2,
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, and
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1
– On Windows Vista x64 Edition and
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1:
– Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1,
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2,
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, and
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1
– On Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems
(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected):
– Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1,
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2,
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, and
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1
– On Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems
(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected)
– Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1,
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2,
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, and
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1
– On Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems:
– Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1,
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2,
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, and
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1

– Impact: Denial of Service
– Version Number: 1.0

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-042

– Affected Software:
– Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
– Windows XP Service Pack 2
– Windows XP Service Pack 3
– Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
– Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
– Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
– Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
– Windows Vista,
Windows Vista Service Pack 1, and
Windows Vista Service Pack 2
– Windows Vista x64 Edition,
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1, and
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
– Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation affected)
– Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation affected)
– Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems and
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2

– Impact: Remote Code Execution
– Version Number: 1.0

Other Information

Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool:
Microsoft has released an updated version of the Microsoft Windows
Malicious Software Removal Tool on Windows Update, Microsoft Update,
Windows Server Update Services, and the Download Center.

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August 2009

Mozilla Firefox 3.5.2 Released

Mozilla Firefox 3.5.2 has been released to fix some security bugs.

  • MFSA 2009-46 Chrome privilege escalation due to incorrectly cached wrapper
  • MFSA 2009-45 Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:1.9.1.2/1.9.0.13)
  • MFSA 2009-44 Location bar and SSL indicator spoofing via window.open() on invalid URL
  • MFSA 2009-43 Heap overflow in certificate regexp parsing
  • MFSA 2009-42 Compromise of SSL-protected communication
  • MFSA 2009-38 Data corruption with SOCKS5 reply containing DNS name longer than 15 characters

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