"This update specifically addresses the vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player by updating the affected Adobe Flash binaries contained within Internet Explorer 10."
"Disguising malware as popular software, or bundling malware with popular software, are an effective method of social engineering," according to volume 13 of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) that was released today. "With these deceptive downloads malware distributors are hoping that enthusiastic bargain hunters will download and execute their malicious software and become infected."
According to a new research conducted by Joe Faulhaber, "76% of users that downloaded keygen or software cracks were also exposed to other, more dangerous malware, which is 10 percent higher than the average co-infection rate for other families," Microsoft posted.
You can find out more on deceptive downloads and Blacole exploit kit trends, as well as other global and regional trends in Internet security, in the latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Volume (SIRv) 13, here (PDF).
Microsoft also released today, end-of-sprint update to the Team Foundation Service -- along with a CTP of Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 (Community Technology Preview).
Update 1 includes updates to pretty much everything in VS - VS, TFS, ... And, the list of new capabilities is long. Below is a list of the key new features that can be found in the Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 CTP:
- "Supporting agile teams: Agile planning along with adding Kanban support to the existing SCRUM support.
- Continuously enabling quality: code coverage for manual testing web apps, easily filter and group your Unit Tests or a web interface for test cases
- SharePoint development: add additional ALM capabilities to SharePoint such as Load Testing and CodedUI support.
- Windows development: improving Windows 8 application development, Windows XP for C++ applications without side by side installations," informs ALM team blog.
You can download Visual Studio 2012 CTP Update 1 here.
Here's a full list of updates in this release:
New Features in Visual Studio 2012
- Build Applications targeting Windows XP
- Support for debugging mixed managed and Native Windows Store Applications
- Improvements for loading symbols and source
- IntelliTrace collection for Sharepoint Applications
- Memory Profiling for Java Script Applications
- Shut down MSBuild processes when Visual Studio shuts down
- The ability for the Test Explorer to group and filter unit tests
- Enables building code maps to easily understand relationships and navigate between disparate locations (in your managed code Right click "Show on Code Map")
- Visual Studio integration with System Center for IntelliTrace analysis of APM exception alerts
New Test Features in Microsoft Test Manager and Visual Studio
- Collect code coverage data while manual testing ASP.NET IIS applications
- Populate Test Suites using hierarchical queries in Microsoft Test Manager.
- Edit Test Case properties directly from the Test runner environment of Microsoft Test Manager
- Command line functionality for copying entire test suites and all the containing test cases (Deep copy)
- The ability to view and edit Test Cases in a test plan from Team Foundation Server web access
- The ability to run manual test cases and file bugs from Team Foundation Server web access
- The ability to create Coded UI Tests for Sharepoint 2010 Applications
- Data collectors populate trait information for Visual Studio Unit Test Grouping
- Usability improvements for Coded UI tests
- The ability to pause and resume manual test sessions in Microsoft Test Manager
- Publish test results to TFS from command-line
- Load testing support for SharePoint applications
New Features in Team Foundation Server
- Improved navigation and usability enhancements for Web Access for example: Web Access now remembers the state of the splitters, contains styling improvements, added several animations and contains next/previous work item navigation
- Usability improvements for Version Control
- Assign tasks to user stories through drag and drop in the taskboard
- Assign ownership through drag and drop in the people view of the taskboard
- Updated Team Foundation Server Web Access navigation styling
- Show counts for links and attachments in Team Foundation Web Access
- Track project progress with a kanban board
- Drag and drop queries and query folders in Web Access
- Expand and Collapse the left navigation pane in web access
- Version control supports paths longer than 260 characters
Exchange Deployment Assistant for Exchange Server 2013 is on the way, Microsoft's Exchange team announced in a blog post. It will be very similar to the current Exchange Server 2010 Deployment Assistant.
In case you're not familiar with it, "the Exchange Server 2010 Deployment Assistant is a web-based tool that helps you upgrade to Exchange 2010 on-premises, configure a hybrid deployment between an on-premises and Exchange Online organization, or migrate to Exchange Online. It asks you a small set of simple questions, and then based on your answers, it provides a checklist with instructions to deploy or configure Exchange 2010 that's customized to your environment," the team explains.
And, finally, Microsoft announced that MMS will return to Las Vegas, NV, April 8-12, 2013! "In order to be one of the first to know about the opening of MMS 2013 registration, send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe to MMS News & Updates," the company posted.
Check out the MMS details out here.