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"critical" problem with Windows?

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"critical" problem with Windows?#0
Posted: 2/11/04 at 10:03am
You computer experts, give us your take on this Microsoft problem. I have Windows XP, and was offered (and accepted) updates this very a.m. I assume that may fix this new security vulnerability. I update my Nortons every week, and take all Windows downloads. If anyone has also opted to go for this patch mentioned on AOL, talk us through it. This isn't a virus per se, but seems to require a fix.
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re: 'critical' problem with Windows?#1
Posted: 2/11/04 at 3:20pm
This is pretty serious... moreso if you have a server, because they invovle the ability for someone to execute programs on your machine, and more powerful machines are a better target. The flaw could very quickly be expoloited by programmers with malicious intent who may be at this time developing viruses, worms, or trojans. (Though the vulnerabilty has been known in some circles for over 6 months... so do it fast)

I don't know about the AOL message, because AOL is evil. BUT:

If you have Windows, go here ASAP and run it on your machine...
http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/en/default.asp

Make sure you have:
Security Update 828028
Security Update 832894

Read More:

Microsoft security bulletin
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/security/bulletin/MS04-007.asp

AP Overview
http://apnews.myway.com//article/20040210/D80KJ01G1.html
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re: re: 'critical' problem with Windows?#2
Posted: 2/11/04 at 10:10pm
Thanks, Ckeaton. Exactly what I was hoping to learn.

Update: I went to Microsoft, and it read my computer and told me there were no "critical updates." So the ones they automatically downloaded for me on Tuesday a.m. apparently included the new patch.

Anyone using Windows XP who gets those annoying "Update now?" bubbles at the bottom of your screen. Never delay. Take them, let them run the updates behind whatever you're doing, then you simply restart your computer.
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Updated On: 2/12/04 at 10:10 PM