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allseeingi
09-11-2003, 10:49 PM
Hi everyone,

A trio of new security flaws have been found that affect Windows NT, 2000, XP and Server 2003. The group of flaws are very similar to the vulnerability that the now infamous Blaster worm took advantage of, so similar in fact that it is thought highly likely someone will modify that virus to take advantage of this flaw within the next few days.

You can find the patch and more information here:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/security/bulletin/MS03-039.asp

Symantec has viral prospects here:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/security/Content/2003.09.10.html

In my opinion you would be smart to install this patch ASAP.

- allseeingi

ZrO-1
09-12-2003, 05:35 AM
Thanks for the heads-up :thumbsup:

elvis
09-12-2003, 07:34 AM
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com

patch quickly, patch often. there is no excuse for another blaster worm.

GregHess
09-12-2003, 02:51 PM
Unfortuantly if you patch quickly, patch often, you'll also encounter the random microsoft patch issue.

Aka the whole discreet fiasco with the blaster worm patch.

Always check on the patches your installing if its a machine thats used in production.

Best scenario is to keep the critical workstations offline.

allseeingi
09-12-2003, 07:27 PM
Indeed, a question of the Devil or the Deep Blue Sea. It's ironic that you should even have to consider what damage a new patch might do when the only reason you're installing it is to protect your machine, but that's another topic. No problems regarding the heads up, if anyone saves a bit of strife because of it then it will be worth it. And I'm sure they will.

- allseeingi

elvis
09-13-2003, 02:15 AM
yes, unfortunately in this day and age we have trained programmers to get a product out the door quickly, and patch it later when it doesn't work.

gone are the days when software was mission critical, and had to work first go. a big thank you microsoft for quick-turnaround packages like visual basic which enable programmers to make buggy software twice as quickly for impatient clients.

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