Microsoft warns of Windows flaw affecting image rendering

January 17, 2011

Microsoft warned today of a Windows vulnerability that could allow an attacker to take control of a computer if the user is logged on with administrative rights.

To be successful, an attacker would have to send an e-mail with an attached Microsoft Word or PowerPoint file containing a specially crafted thumbnail image and convince the recipient to open it, Microsoft said in its advisory, which also contains information on workarounds.

An attacker also could place the malicious image file on a network share and potential victims would have to browse to the location in Windows Explorer.

The flaw, which is in the Windows Graphics Rendering Engine, could allow an attacker to run arbitrary code in the security context of the logged-on user, meaning that accounts that are configured to have fewer user rights would be affected less.

The vulnerability affects Windows XP Service Pack 3, XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2, Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2, Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based systems, Vista Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2, Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2, Server 2008 for 32-bit, 64-bit, and Itanium-based systems and Service Pack 2 for each.

Microsoft said it is not aware of attacks exploiting the vulnerability or of any impact on customers at this time. The company is working on a fix but did not indicate when it would be available.

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IT Support in 2011

January 8, 2011

Many economists predict that 2011 promises to be a good year for business, or at least a better one than the last few. So this is the perfect opportunity for your business to improve its IT infrastructure.

There are few reasons for this. First, there is a pretty good chance you are using outdated equipment and software on your current machine. Phoenix Technology can assess your current software configuration and make recommendations based on what you need, not what you want or what looks fancy.

Second, getting ready for the New Year requires ensuring your current IT is sufficient to handle future business. If your IT systems are not equipped for the future, it may end up hurting you in the long run.

Third, you are going to need IT support that is there for you when you need it. Phoenix has been in business for nearly 20 years. We have been Orange County’s trusted go-to IT folks for all kinds of technical support for a reason: we do good work the first time, every time.

Give us a call so you can get your IT done right, right now.


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It Support? Everyone needs it. Call Phoneix Technology.

December 22, 2010

Be sure to add IT support into your last-minute budgeting for next year.

Why You Need IT Support

December 10, 2010

Imagine you have to ask a client a couple of questions to complete a project. But when you try to send an email, you discover your network is down. In fact, all of your phones stopped working too. While scrambling to fix the problem you wonder in the back of your mind, “How did this happen? How long has this been down? How many people have been trying to call in, only to get some strange busy signal?”

When managing your small business, the last thing you want to deal with is IT that breaks down all the time. That’s where Phoenix Technology comes in. We can set up your IT service so you don’t have problems in the first place. And if you do happen to have a problem, we’ll come and fix it at a rate you can afford.

So if you are searching for the best IT service around, look no further than Phoenix Technology, your local Orange County IT support specialists. We can help you get on track quickly and efficiently and make sure your IT stays up and running.


Virus infections slowing your computer? Phoenix can help.

December 2, 2010

Now that you’re overweight from Thanksgiving, let us know if your computer needs to shed a few viruses.

Internet Explorer or Mozilla not working?? Look at this…

November 30, 2010

Ah, Thanksgiving. For many of us, this is the time extended families get together and catch up on old times. After stuffing ourselves silly, we find ourselves crashing out during the game, put to sleep by the turkey and way too much pumpkin pie.

Just in time for Thanksgiving we’d like to highlight yet another annoying virus that’s been going around. A few weeks ago we noticed people started coming in because they could not use their Firefox or Internet Explorer browsers. Well, it turns out this is not a software bug, but rather an annoying virus that prevents you from opening your browser. There are lots of viruses out there, some are playful and silly, some more serious like the one we just described. And from time to time, a downright nasty virus will pop up and destroy files.

If you notice anything strange or suspicious with how your computer is working during the holiday weekend, don’t wait for things to get worse. Come in so we can see what is going on. By the way, if you do stop by, we are happy to accept your tasty Thanksgiving leftovers.


Computer need a tune-up? Call Phoenix

November 19, 2010

Next time you get an oil change, get a quick computer checkup at Phoenix as well.  []