Friday, July 24, 2009

Klartext please !

Hey all,

I won't comment too much here right now (I am kinda busy with work), but imaginably in relation to my last blog post:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms09-jul-ans.mspx

Now my favourite quote from http://blogs.technet.com/msrc/ :

"
While we can’t go into specifics about the issue prior to release, we can say that the Visual Studio bulletin will address an issue that can affect certain types of applications."

I would be tempted to say that "if you can't say anything useful, say nothing at all", but I am often guilty of writing useless things, so I won't.

The above formulation inspired me though:
  • "While I have no clue what this out-of-band patch is all about, it will address an issue that has to do with a programming mistake."
  • "While going into the specifics would be dangerous to the safety of the world, the issue that will be addressed is an issue that can affect computers."
Sigh. Newspeak.

There is a German expression called "Klartext reden" (literally translated 'to speak clear text'). If you know a german, grab him, and ask him to explain the meaning of the word to you. I wish there was more of this around.

So my 2 cents of speculation:
  • MS will patch a bunch of libraries (the ATL ?) in Visual Studio
  • A "certain type" of application is affected and will need recompiling. The msvidctl thingie was an ActiveX component. Anybody wants to add 2 and 2 together ?
I really need to get back to work though.

2 comments:

Tucker said...

I added 2 and 2 together and got 100...

nullbomb said...

Maybe some fixens to ActiveX API thing?