Friday, October 10, 2003


Windows security update planned  

Windows security update planned: "Windows security update planned

Microsoft promises to beef up protection against hacking

By Ted Bridis

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 — Stung by criticism over lax software security, Microsoft Corp. disclosed plans Thursday to update its flagship Windows operating systems early in 2004 to make consumers less vulnerable to hackers.

MICROSOFT SAID the changes, announced by chief executive Steve Ballmer during a trade conference in New Orleans, will be offered free in the next “service pack” update to users of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 software, the company’s latest versions for consumers and businesses."

The rest of the article goes into some real detail on the kinds of things we're going to see in the upcoming service packs. One of the most interesting things I noted was a section that seemed to claim that they were going to patch Windows, or rewrite an entire section, to diminish the problem of buffer overrun.

The next section deals with simplifying the way that Microsoft distributes patches. They will also revamp the Windows Update site to do a better job of picking out patches for individual systems. That's not earthshaking news, but it mentions that "all other Microsoft products". That's long overdue. Trying to figure out what extra features and patches are installed in, for instance, MS Word, can be a full-time job.

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