Microsoft warns of Office-related malware
Microsoft's Malware Protection Center issued a warning this week that it has spotted malicious code on the Internet that can take advantage of a flaw in Word and infect computers after a user does nothing more than read an e-mail. The flaw was addressed in November in a fix issued on Patch Tuesday, but with malicious code now spotted in the wild, the protection center apparently wants to be sure the update wasn't overlooked.
Last November, Microsoft released security bulletin MS10-087, which addresses a number of critical vulnerabilities in how Microsoft Office parses various office file formats. One of them is CVE-2010-3333, "RTF Stack Buffer Overflow Vulnerability," which could lead to remote code execution via specially crafted RTF data. A few days before Christmas, we received a new sample (sha1: cc47a73118c51b0d32fd88d48863afb1af7b2578) that reliably exploits this vulnerability and is able to execute malicious shellcode which downloads other malware.
The vulnerability can be triggered by utilizing a specially crafted RTF file with a size parameter that is bigger than the expected one. The vulnerability is present in Microsoft Word. It attempts to copy RTF data to the stack memory without validating the size, which will lead to overwriting the stack.
After executing the code in figure 1.10, the stack memory is overwritten by first part of the shellcode. The challenge for the exploit writer here is to make sure that the shellcode gets control and is executed. In this sample, one of the return addresses was overwritten by another address, which can be found in any known DLL loaded in the memory. That address contains a single piece of code, Jmp ESP, that transfer the control to the stack memory containing our first shellcode.
Galaxy anters the SSD market
The lads over at Expreview reports video card maker Galaxy will enter the solid state disk market. The company will introduce 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models but unfortunately there are no specifics about the SSD controller.
Pricing and availability are also unknown. The four Galaxy SSDs are 2.5-inch form factor,features 64M cache,supports Windows 7 TRIM.
The SSDs are supposed to deliver read and write speed of up to 240MB/s and 215MB/s respectively. They will be available with capacities of 32GB/64GB/128GB/256GB.
Sparkle GeForce GTX 570 V-Go cards
Sparkle introduced two GeForce GTX 570 V-Go series graphics cards. One model has 732/1464/3800MHz frequencies (core/shaders/memory) while the other card has 752/1504/3996MHz clockspeeds.
After the successful launch of the World's First Independent Produced GeForce GTX 580 V-Go Graphics Card, SPARKLE Computer Co., Ltd., the professional VGA card manufacturer and supplier, today announced the GeForce GTX 570 V-Go Graphics Card, becoming the world's first manufacturer who can independently produce high-end graphics cards using Fermi 2.0 architecture. "V-Go, the series is represent the independent produced graphics cards, inherit the expertise spirit on graphics cards manufacturing for 16 years" said Kevin Wang the General Manager of SPARKLE .?gWe are pleased with the new high level of SPARKLE R&D and production capabilities. As another masterpiece of V-Go series, GeForce GTX570 V-Go Graphics Cards inherit the blood of Fermi 2.0 Architecture also has a better price advantage.?h
Produced From The Reference With Reliable Quality
Since the release date, there's no independent produced GeForce GTX 570 graphics card from AIC, because the bottleneck that produce, pass the extreme rigorous test and verification conducted by NVIDIA. As NVIDIA's add-in-cards partner and global strategic partner, with the strong R&D and manufacturing capabilities, SPARKLE took the lead in passing the NVIDIA original product performance testing, thermal performance and noise testing, product reliability/compatibility testing, burn-in and a series of strict validation, to become the world's first AIC manufacturer which can self-produce the GeForce GTX570 reference boards.
Elegant Design With Predominant Performance
SPARKLE GeForce GTX570 V-Go provides the user with the perfect quality from the reference board, but also integrated with SPARKLE unique design style. The graphics card uses blue PCB design, double purple DVI-I + mini HDMI output interfaces, changing from the black PCB with the white color of output interface from the reference design, so that entire graphics card is elegant with dynamic appearance. ?@ ?@ ?@
As the world's most powerful gaming graphics card with single chip, the SPARKLE GeForce GTX570 V-Go adopts NVIDIA latest Fermi 2.0 architecture, with 480 CUDA cores, 1280MB GDDR5 high-speed video memory. SPARKLE release two version of GeForce GTX570 V-Go graphics card with standard clock and overclock. The overclock version is overclocked out of box, it boosts the core, shader and memory clocks significantly to 752MHz, 3996MHz and 1504MHz, providing up to 6.5 percent faster overall performance compare to reference. So the DX11 performance and image quality of SPARKLE GTX570 V-Go's have been improved tremendously, bringing film-like realistic to DIY gamers. The Sparkle GTX570 V-Go uses Vapor Chamber thermal cooling design, thermal cooling efficiency of this design is far more than the copper heat-pipe cooling, bringing cooling and quiet operation.
Core i5 2500K & Core i7 2600K processor review
Sandy bridge is here, today we'll put the Intel Core i7-2600K and Intel Core i5-2500K processors to the test, we will pair the 2600K processor with the Intel Desktop Motherboard DP67BG and also run a test with the Intel Core i5-2500K processor on a Intel DH67BL motherboard.
And in advance let me already state, It's not often that I am as impressed with hardware as what we've just reviewed.
You can read this Guru3D review right here.
Happy New Year 2011 from Guru3D
Intel New X58 Extreme Series Desktop Boards
Intel's Desktop Board division is readying two new high-end socket LGA1366 motherboards under its Extreme Series line,as TechPowerup reported.
"The company's last high-end LGA1366 motherboard, the DX58SO "SmackOver", was released more than 25 months ago in November 2008, when the first Intel Core i7 processors came to be. The new motherboards are up to date in terms of features. They use the latest Rev. 13 X58 northbridge, all solid-state capacitors, support the latest LGA1366 processors out of the box, and feature USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s support. The two motherboards consist of DX58SO2 "SmackOver II", and its "lite" variant, the DX58OG.
The DX58SO2 uses digital PWM CPU power circuit, a sporty blue heatsink cluster over the northbridge, VRM area, and southbridge, with heat spread between the northbridge and VRM using a heat-pipe. It features six internal SATA 3 Gb/s, two internal SATA 6 Gb/s, and two eSATA 3 Gb/s ports, two USB 3.0 ports, 8-channel HD audio, and expansion slots that include three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (x16/x16/NC or x16/x8/x8), two PCI-E x1, and one PCI.
The DX58OG uses the same exaxt PCB as the DX58SO, except that a lot of features are downscaled. The CPU VRM has fewer phases, although USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s ports are unaffected, there are no eSATA ports, and a 6-channel HD audio CODEC instead of 8-channel, and the third PCI-Express x16 slot is reduced to x1. Both boards feature certain new features that Intel is introducing with its latest Extreme Series boards, namely, BIOS Vault Technology that helps recover BIOS, a Back-to-BIOS button, and a more efficient inter-phase load balancing mechanism. Intel
Fractal Design Define Mini Micro-ATX chassis
Fractal Design announced the Define Mini, the little brother of the Define R2/R3 cases. This new Micro-ATX case focuses on low noise, it's pre-fitted with noise absorbing material and features a ModuVent design that enables the user to choose between silence or optimal airflow. The Define Mini has room for two 5.25" devices, up to six 3.5" HDDs and four expansion cards (which can be up to 400mm long when the upper HDD cage is removed). Cooling is provided by a 120mm front and 120mm exhaust fan, but extra cooling can be provided by up to four additional fans. The speed of up to three fans can be controlled via an included fan controller and the front panel has USB 3.0 support. The case measures 210mm x 395mm x 490mm and weighs 9.5kg.
As the name implies, Define Mini is the smaller sibling of the acclaimed and award winning Define R2/R3 case. Being a Micro ATX version of Define R2/R3, it offers a number of interesting functions with a very stylish appearance. It's a case focused on low noise level, without neglecting other important features such as cooling, expandability and ease of use. The Define Mini excels in including a lot of features in a small size!
* Stunning front panel design
* Patent pending ModuVent
PowerColor watercooled Radeon HD 6970
PowerColor announced its LCS HD6970, a Radeon HD 6970 graphics card with a preinstalled waterblock. The card offers a 925MHz core (stock: 880MHz) and 2GB GDDR5 clocked at 5700MHz (stock: 5500MHz).
TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, announces the world
ASUS TUF Sabertooth P67 enters the Guru3D lab
In preparation for what's coming on the Sandy bridge processor front we received a good number of P67 motherboards. The one that you guys look out for the most just entered the trenches of Guru3D.
Meet the TUF Sabertooth P67 ASUS as designed a plastic shroud for what they call aerodynamics. The shield will be called 'Tactical Jacket'. The first photo's we showed you where kind of crappy, so here's a couple of good quality photo's of this amazing looking motherboard, taken in our photo-studio.
Enjoy the sneak peek ...
Corsair Vengeance 12GB DDR3 Memory Kit review
Today we'll have a look at Corsair's Vengeance 12GB PC3-12800 1600Mhz DDR3 DIMM Memory Kit, it will be exceptionally hard to show you any performance difference in-between 6GB and 12GB, but any transcoding, photoshopping, productivity enthusiast with at little common sense will conclude with us, this kit is going to be one heck of a deal.
Go check out the Guru3D review right here.
Koolance Radeon HD 6900 VID-AR697 Water Block
Koolance outs their full-coverage water block for AMD Radeon HD 6970 and Radeon HD 6950 graphics cards. The product is called the VID-AR697 and measures 6.25" x 5.75" x 0.62" (15.9cm x 14.6cm x 1.6cm), weighing 1.5 pounds (680 g).
You'll notice the nickel-plated copper with acetal top. It uses a 0.5 mm micro-fin array over the GPU for better heat dissipation. The block uses standard G 1/4 BSP threading. The Koolance VID-AR697 is priced at US $114.99.
Foxconn Quantum Force P67 Motherboard
Foxconnis ready with its first high-end socket LGA1155 motherboard based on the Intel P67 Express chipset, supporting upcoming "Sandy Bridge" processors as TPU reports today.
"The LGA1155 socket is powered by a 14-phase digital PWM circuit using independent single-phase PWM inductors made by CPL, and memory using a 2-phase VRM. Expansion slots include two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x8/x8 with both populated), three PCI-E x1, and one PCI. Both ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI are sure to be supported. Storage connectivity includes two internal SATA 6 Gb/s, four internal SATA 3 Gb/s, two eSATA 3 Gb/s, and one ATA connector supporting up to two IDE devices.
External connectivity includes 8+2 channel HD audio with optical and coaxial SPDIF connectors, two USB 3.0 ports, a number of USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, and two gigabit Ethernet connections. The Quantum Force P67 is loaded with overclocker-friendly features. There is a set of onboard overclocking control buttons, diagnostic LED display, rear-panel CMOS reset button, redundant BIOS in separate EEPROM chips, and high-precision voltage control thanks to the Volterra PWM IC. Foxconn's Quantum Force P67 could be part of the first wave of motherboards that will be released along with Intel's socket LGA1155 CPUs in early 2011."
MSI Big Bang Marshal mobo Pictured
Engadget snagged a picture of MSI's Big Bang Marshal, a forthcoming XL-ATX motherboard that features eight PCI Express x16 slots, eight USB 3.0 ports and three BIOS chips! The motherboard is expected in Q1 2011 but the site notes the specifications are still subject to change, perhaps the final edition will have room for more DIMMs.
This XL-ATX board packs a total of eight PCI Express lanes (though it only has the bandwidth to simultaneously feed four x16s or eight x8s -- relevant if you're crazy enough to think about using more than four GPUs), three separate BIOS chips, extra 8-pin and 6-pin 12V power intakes, and a thoroughly excessive set of power regulation components. The less extremely minded among you will appreciate having a full array of eight USB 3.0 ports on the back, though we can't get over the measly four DIMM slots on offer.
Patriot Viper Xtreme, Division 2 and G2 Memory Kits
Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash, storage and enthusiast computer products, today announces two new memory series
MSI might include BigFoot NIC on mobo's
Well check out this press-release:
MSI Motherboards Blaze with Killer
MSI R6970 Lightning & N580GTX Lightning Graphics Cards Photo's
Thr R6970 is powered by two 8-pin PCIe connectors, the card uses a 16 phase PWM design, features GPU, Memory and PLL voltage adjustment via MSI
Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD review
The SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium HD. This card has many aspects in common with existing X-FI designs and a few new features and modifications to appeal to the newer crop of demanding soundcards enthusiasts.
Check out the full Guru3D review right here.
GPU-Z 0.5.0 Available
Michael over at TPU issued a new revision of GPU-Z. GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
- Added full support for Radeon HD 6950 and HD 6970
- Fixed TMU/Texture Fillrate rounding error on NVIDIA cards
- Improved voltage monitoring support for GTX 570
- Workaround for ATI OpenCL driver crashing GPU-Z on systems with NVIDIA cards
- Fixed crash when driver version could not be read
- Fixed crash when splash screen interrupted by message box