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This evening, Microsoft published a newly-reported security vulnerability in SharePoint 2007. The Microsoft Online Services Operations Team has taken steps to mitigate this issue in SharePoint Online Standard and protect customers’ data.

 

Summary

Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a possible vulnerability in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. The vulnerability could allow an attacker to run an arbitrary script that could result in elevation of privilege within a SharePoint site.  Details on the vulnerability are available in Microsoft Security Advisory 983438 – Vulnerability in Microsoft SharePoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution.

                                                                                                                                                     

Immediate Mitigation

To mitigate the risk posed by this reported vulnerability, we have applied a change to SharePoint Online Standard.  While this change completely mitigates the vulnerability, it also has the side effect of disabling the Help feature in SharePoint.  As the security of our customers’ data is our top priority, we feel this was the right decision to make as an immediate response to the security advisory.  It is important to note that all SharePoint Help content is available on Office Online

 

This mitigation has been deployed with no impact to service availability.

 

Long-Term Fix

Once a SharePoint 2007 product update is available for this issue, we will deploy the fix to SharePoint Online Standard.  This will allow SharePoint Help to be safely re-enabled.

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In this webinar Chad Mosman of MessageOps will demonstrate the applications they have developed for Microsoft Online.  MessageOps is Microsoft Gold Certified Partner that focuses on Microsoft Online services and support, as well as developing applications which enhance Microsoft Online.

Cad Mosman, Founder of MessageOps will be displaying several Applications in the presentation including:

Password Synchronization – Synchronizes passwords from Active Directory to Microsoft Online.

User Portal – Allows users to reset their own passwords in Microsoft Online and Manage Distribution List membership.

Exchange Online Monitor – Allows administrators to monitor the health and performance of their Exchange Online mailboxes and track performance over time.

OWA Notifier – Notifies deskless workers of new email messages and upcoming calendar appointments.

SharePoint Bridge – Copies incoming email messages to SharePoint document Libraries.

EWS Mailbox Search – Allows administrators to search for keywords or phrases across multiple mailboxes in Exchange Online.

This webinar takes place on: Tuesday, May 4th, 2010, at 11:00 AM PDT
Register for this webinar here.

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by Brett

I don't know where the BPOS Partners in the Puget Sound area were Thurs night but they should have been at the Parlour at Lincoln Square for free food, drinks, and shmoozing with the BPOS engineering team.

This is the 2nd Meetup hosted by the BPOS engineering team and there are some really remarkable things to take note of. First, this is reach out to the general community is from Engineering, not Marketing. That's notable for a number of reasons the most notable being that the Microsoft personnel who show up are the people are impact the services themselves. For example Arvind Suthar was there and he’s deeply involved with prioritizing what features will be released in the services. If you want to voice a complaint, compliment, or just shoot the breeze with these guys, here’s a regular chance to do so.
 
I was really impressed with Dharmesh Singh who is driving these community outreach programs. We were talking about the business aspects of one company working for another company and he said “in the end, it’s about the personal person-tooperson relationship.” Which is absolutely true.
 
Technology is about nothing if it’s not about people, and the personal relationship is what drives it all. They say most big business deals are done while playing Golf for example. Powerhsell came into being because of a chance encounter of two people in a parking garage at Microsoft. When you select a vendor, hire someone or decide to take a job, how often is it about the "the deal" and how much it about how you feel about the person or people involved.
 
As an aside, I'm on of those guys athat ranks way high on the Intuitive scale of Meyers-Briggs. When I was at a Microsoft and the product team would change a feature that had been in the product for years, but suddntly would start to work a differnt way I was the only guy in the room that would say "but how are the customer's going to feel about that?. If that changes, what else has changed they dont know about? Part of having software that people really like is if they feel solid about how it works and dont have to wonder if about updates changing features they rely on".
 
 
How does this relate to the Meet up? Well,  on one hand you have Microsoft showing up. Creating an event and opportunity. That's one half PERSONAL side of the equation. The other half is you.
 

If you’re in the Puget Sound area, you should come on down. If you’re not in that area, check into the Meet Up page and talk to Jim Glynn there about how Microsoft will help you create a Meet up in your area.
 
I think it’s great to see Microsoft using these tools and services to reach out. If you want to see Microsoft do more of this kind of thing, let them know by showing up or dropping them a message.
http://www.meetup.com/Microsoft-Online-Services/
 

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What do you get when you bring partners, customers and Microsoft folks together in an open forum? You get a BPOS Meetup. If you have attended a BPOS Meetup, then you know how great they are, and if you are outside of the Seattle area you can now bring the BPOS Meetup experience to your town. We want to extend BPOS Meetup opportunities to anyone and everywhere.

Set up your own Meetup and join others interested in Microsoft Online Services. Meetups are a great place to share, collaborate and converse with other like-minded individuals. When you decide to start your own Meetup you will need to make sure you do the following:

· Invite Attendees – Invite people to the Meetup. Invite everyone from BPOS pros to individuals that may have never used BPOS, but are excited to learn. E-mail us your Meetup information and we will put it on our Meetup page calendar.

· Location – Bring a Meetup to your neighborhood and pick your favorite spot to host. Meetups can be held anywhere including bars, restaurants, offices and even a member’s house.

· Agenda – What is on your agenda? What do you want to discuss? Are you having a speaker? Is it a roundtable discussion?

· Post Content – Take photos, video or record some audio. Whatever you do, make sure you capture it and we will post it online. View past Meetup photos and content.

Hosting a Meetup is exciting and opens doors to networking and learning. If you are interested in hosting a Meetup please contact us with the above information to our community mailbox at bposcom@microsoft.com.

Be sure to check out our Meetup page. Also, follow us on twitter and like us on Facebook.

Thank you to everyone who has attended and contributed to our last few BPOS Meetups and we are looking forward to more Meetups soon!

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Have you joined us for a webcast? In this week’s webcast, Reed Wotiz will describe Microsoft Online Services government certifications and explain what these certifications mean for Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) customers.

Reed Wotiz is a senior product manager with the Business Online Services Marketing group at Microsoft.

This webinar takes place on: Tuesday, May 04, 2010 11:00 AM Pacific Time (USA)     Click here to register.

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Brett Hill

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