Giggity giggity

Tonight I tossed a couple new hard drives into one of my Windows 2003 servers, WD5000AAKS (SATA 300, AHCI, NCQ) and started copying some ISOs from my desktop (Seagate 750GB 7200.11 ST3750330AS, SATA 300, AHCI, NCQ) across the LAN.

Imagine my surprise:

Task Manager

Yup, I’m actually very nearly maxing out my gigabit network. I honestly didn’t even believe it was possible to push anywhere near this much bandwidth through my gear. Cool.

Had your dose of Office 2003 SP3 yet?

If not, get over your fear of needles and get this relatively painless shot in the arm.  Now.  If you’re not patched, you’re likely to get p0wned if you happen to open an Excel spreadsheet.

According to Microsoft, there are several mitigating Factors:

This vulnerability cannot be exploited on Microsoft Office Excel 2003 Service Pack 3, Microsoft Office Excel 2007, Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Service Pack 1, or Microsoft Excel 2008 for Mac.
Customers who are running Microsoft Office Excel 2003 Service Pack 2 and have deployed Microsoft Office Isolated Conversion Environment (MOICE) are not affected by this vulnerability.
The vulnerability cannot be exploited automatically through e-mail. For an attack to be successful a user must open an attachment that is sent in an e-mail message.