MSN 7.0 beta not smiling about smilies

MSN 7.0 beta not smiling about smilies

Summary: Rogue 'winks', or emoticons, have set back Microsoft's latest release of MSN Messenger

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Microsoft has delayed beta testing of the next version of MSN Messenger because of a security flaw.

Vulnerabilities were discovered in MSN Messenger 7.0, due to be released today, after testers found it had the potential to send rogue 'winks' – animations that grab the reader's attention.

"The Messenger beta was designed to only send approved MSN winks," said a spokesperson for Microsoft. "That said, we're investigating the potential that hackers could bypass this process to send unauthorised -- rogue -- winks that could cause security issues. We will not ship winks with the limited beta so we can address any potential issues."

The company did not mention what the potential issues were.

Microsoft is set to release a beta version next week in the US, UK and some parts of Europe, but will exclude the winks feature while it researches the problem.

The company said it was committed to delivering a secure product and would not make a public release until all the issues had been addressed.

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  • "The company said it was committed to delivering a secure product"
    Nice one MS.

    Now do the same with Windows itself.
    anonymous
  • Always the same, a security concern and we have some joker slating them.

    For sure, they have their problems, but given the number of seats and the number of spotty twonks trying to pop them, I think they are holding up rather well. If you know what you are doing these 'problems' should never arise.

    I am certainly no MS lover, but if the beloved *NIX or whatever it is called nowadays had the same number of seats and exposure, it would be attacked (and compromised) in a similar fashion - Outlook, IE yada yada, the twonks would find the *NIX equivalents to attack. It's called the law of averages.
    anonymous
  • Microsoft are a great company but their an absolute shocker when it comes to security, all there bugs and viruses, you would think that some one like microsoft wouldnt let this happen, dont they check stuff like that before releasing it, sure AOL (there competition) released a new version so msn are in a rush to release the newer msn messenger but when they seem to do that like usual they stuff up, but luckily there reputation is highly known soon they will be known for stuff ups! they shouldnt let themselves down
    anonymous
  • About S/W's point on loads of Linux viruses if Linux was more widely used. Mac OSX has a decent amount of market share but how often do we hear about an OSX virus? Linux is rapidly increasing in popularity yet have we seen any Linux viruses? No because those OS' are built more secure than Windows. MS have got complacent and let their software stagnate. Hopefully the rise of Linux will force MS into competing and improving.
    anonymous
  • MSN 7.0 ROCKZ!!
    anonymous
  • i don't really care about any security threats i have a good antivirus program i just want the new MSN
    anonymous
  • this is a link to the beta download http://www.angelfire.com/ex2/msn7.0/index.html
    anonymous
  • to be honest i do not think msn 7.0 is awful its better than any other msn you can think of but they should try making more smilies and more msn's because alot more people will get msn.
    anonymous
  • Is msn 7.0 safe to download or should i just keep msn 6.2..

    thanks for your time
    anonymous
  • This version is wicked!!!!
    anonymous
  • i recommend msn 7.0 it is the best theres nothing wrong with its wink and emoticons are harmless
    anonymous
  • MSN 7.O is a perfect piece of magnificence! Great job MICROSOFT! but i do have a compaint...how come china has different winks from the ones we got here in Australia?! huh? huh? well it really pisses me off! ANYWAY ITS AN AWESOME MESSENGER SOFTWARE!
    anonymous
  • i want smiles
    anonymous
  • hiya its hannah pee is here
    anonymous
  • This Version is FAT
    anonymous
  • hello
    anonymous
  • 7.0 is the best but we need more winks
    anonymous
  • Please for help how i can fix error 80072efd
    anonymous
  • god this msn is doing me head in i dont know what to do some one help please
    anonymous
  • I'm glad that the 7.00 is comeing out.But it better be good.hope a better one come's out bre
    anonymous