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The Catch-22 of XP Service Pack 2

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© August 2004 Tony Lawrence

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Mon Aug 23 20:53:39 2004 The Catch-22 of XP Service Pack 2
Posted by Tony Lawrence
Search Keys: microsoft,security
Referencing: Deploying Windows XP Service Pack 2 using Software Update Services

I hope that the brewing trouble around this service pack hasn't escaped your attention. It's important to understand that this patch WILL break many programs. On the other hand, it fixes some truly awful security holes.

So what do you do? I have clients who have been told by their application vendor NOT to install this. So their choice is either remain vulnerable to the various problems that this addresses, or be unable to use the software their business depends upon. Some choice.

Microsoft richly deserves the pain they will suffer from this debacle.


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Gates, Ballmer and company can't engineer in good security. So like a leaky roof on a sleazy shack, they madly nail on shingles to fix the leaks, hoping that none of the nails penetrates the plumbing, wiring and the heads of the people living inside. Sheesh! It's almost enough to make you wish for the days of CP/M.

--BigDumbDinosaur

---August 24, 2004

Oh, ya. Last week I read a new advisory on a published exploit for Internet Explorer were you could get malicious code to execute buy tricking the user to drag and drop a file onto their desktop (it's not the one were you drag a image into the cmd.exe window). However it could be modified to operate under a single click.

If affected all versions of IE on WinXP, even with SP2 installed. So they didn't fix everything that needed to be fixed anyways.

http://secunia.com/advisories/12321/

Luckily for MS Firefox came along when it did. But IE is part Explorer shell and since that software and it's libraries makes up a big hunk of Windows it means similar flaws could exist elsewere.

--Drag

---August 24, 2004



Could?

:-)





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