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Re: [Long] How to recover private keys for various Microsoft products
On 20 Jan 1998 23:19:36 -0600, [email protected] (Peter Gutmann)
> How to recover private keys for Microsoft Internet Explorer, Internet
> Information Server, Outlook Express, and many others
> - or -
> Where do your encryption keys want to go today?
> Peter Gutmann, <[email protected]>
As if there wasn't enough incentive to steal private keys, here's a little
diddy from news.com (Where do your stocks want to go today?):
MS pushes NT for
By Tim Clark
January 20, 1998, 5:25 p.m. PT
update Pushing into Sun Microsystems' (SUNW)
territory, Microsoft (MSFT) said today it will expand
its Windows DNA for Financial Services framework
(DNA-FS) beyond banking and into the securities
Microsoft's goal: to sell its Windows NT Server
software as a platform to automate all the
paperwork involved in buying and selling securities, a
market which Sun has dominated. The company also
hopes to gain from the consolidation trend among
banks, stock brokerages, and insurance companies.
"Sun is the competitor in this market," Microsoft's
Matt Conners, worldwide securities industry
In a related announcement, Tibco, owned by
Reuters, will port its financial messaging middleware
to the Windows NT Server platform.
Hewlett-Packard will support deployments of Tibco's
system with the consulting and PC servers.
The announcements, part of Microsoft's effort to
move its technologies into vertical industries that
Unix has dominated, came in Bill Gates's address by
satellite today at a financial services conference in
London. DNA stands for Distributed interNet
Applications for Financial Services (DNA-FS), a
software framework that allows software
components to connect to mainframes, WebTV
systems, and other computers.
Gates also today reiterated Microsoft's plans to ship
a second beta test version of its Windows NT 5.0
operating system by mid-year, followed by the final
version within six to nine months afterwards.
"We're doing very well on the desktop--we've
replaced a lot of Unix workstations," Conners said,
estimating that in the retail brokerage segment, more
than a quarter of desktops run NT Server. Those
figures are boosted by Merrill Lynch and Smith
Barney using NT in their retail operations. "It's
probably less on trading floors."
Far less, says Rob Hall, vice president in Sun's unit
that sells to the securities industry.
"The trading floor is still predominantly Sun, and we
see our Darwin entry-level workstation, and
especially our thin client technology and products
offering us a chance to grow that market share," said
Sun's competing architecture for securities firms is
called Sun Connect, which was demonstrated last
June at the Security Industries Association trade
show. Microsoft hopes to demonstrate its DNA-FS
architecture at this year's SIA show.
Hall said Sun Connect embraces Java-based
network computers (NCs), not just Windows desktop
machines. Wall Street has strongly endorsed Java,
according to recent surveys, and Hall called
Microsoft's failure to address Java in DNA-FS "a
Like Microsoft's DNA-FS, Sun Connect also targets
the convergence in financial services--banks,
insurers, and brokerages getting into one another's
businesses, often through mergers or acquisitions.
Microsoft's immediate goal is to create NT-based
solutions to the so-called Straight-Through
Processing (STP) problem. Stock trades must wend
through multiple computer systems at different
companies, a system that is not fully automated.
Microsoft hopes its partners, such as Tibco, will build
NT software to streamline transactions by passing
digital information from one computer system to
another and by minimizing paperwork.
The underlying technology in Microsoft's effort is
Component Object Management or COM, which
puts information into digital wrappers that can be
passed from computer to computer, including
mainframes and Unix machines.
Sun's Hall faulted Microsoft's initiative for relying on
its COM architecture, used in Windows but not
endorsed by an industry standards group such as
Open Group, which backs CORBA for similar
Today's announcement expands DNA-FS, which
was announced last month for banking, to the
broader securities market. A similar effort in the
insurance industry, called OLifE, also will be grouped
under the broader DNA-FS framework.
"The goal of DNA FS is not to facilitate
convergence of industries at all; but it's clear those
industries will converge," Conners said. "DNA FS
will be a technical solution for when those industries
converge to be able to plug in software."
Tibco's involvement is key because it has 400
customers and about half the market for trading floor
software. The port to NT Server will take less than a
year, Conners said.
Several software vendors backing Windows
DNA-FS for securities include Advent Software,
Comprehensive Software Systems, Dow Jones
Markets, and Financial Technology International.
Microsoft and partners hope to reduce the costs of
processing transactions by building on established
standards in the financial services industry.
Reuters contributed to this report