Technical Articles

Windows Server 2003 Support

Microsoft will discontinue technical support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. The operating system will no longer receive critical security patches after this date. It has been our policy to end support for a platform that is no longer supported by Microsoft. However, just as we have done with Windows XP, we recognize that a large number of businesses will continue to use Windows Server 2003 in the interim as they complete the process of transitioning to a supported version of Windows Server. To assist our customers during this period, we will continue to support our products on Windows Server 2003. [Read More]

November 2014 Security Updates

Microsoft has released several important security updates recently, and there’s been some confusion over the impact of these vulnerabilities and the systems that they affect. One has been a vulnerability in the Schannel security provider that could allow remote code execution. Another update addressed a problem with their Kerberos implementation that could allow for privilege escalation. And finally, there was a fix that addressed a long-standing flaw in array handling within OLE Automation that could allow remote code execution. [Read More]

Secure Connections Using SSL 3.0

You may have heard about the POODLE attack that can exploit a vulnerability which forces a fallback to SSL 3.0 and can be used to compromise a secure connection. Because SSL 3.0 has been shown to be vulnerable (and SSL 2.0 has been considered deprecated for years now), many server administrators are now explicitly disabling SSL and requiring TLS 1.0 at a minimum, with a preference for TLS 1.2. If your software uses SocketTools to establish secure connections, this can potentially have an impact on how your applications work. [Read More]

Windows XP Support

Microsoft discontinued technical support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014 and the operating system no longer receives updates. It has been our general policy to end support for a platform that is no longer supported by Microsoft. However, it is evident that Windows XP will continue to be used by a significant number of businesses and end-users as they complete the process of transitioning to a supported version of Windows. To assist our customers with this transition period, we have decided to continue to provide support for our products on Windows XP. [Read More]

SocketTools 64-bit Components

SocketTools provides both 32-bit and 64-bit components and libraries for the Windows platform. Although most applications today continue to be 32-bit, there is no question that 64-bit platforms are growing along with demand for native 64-bit applications. It’s estimated that over 50% of the Windows 8.1 installations are the 64-bit version, and virtually all desktop and laptop PCs sold in the past 8 years have 64-bit processors. [Read More]