Serious XP security flaw!

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  1. JasenP

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    It is suggested that you update XP ASAP!
    Here is a link to the full story at cnn.com: CNN XP security flaw
    Is Microsoft STILL releasing Beta versions to the public??!!
     
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    One of the reasons I never buy/upgrade a MS product until at least Service Pack 1.

    In the meantime, firewalls and antivirus software are must haves in this day and age.

    KJP
     
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    Windows NT and 2000 don't have this flaw. 98, ME, and XP do. Sounds like XP is less secure than 2000, at least in this case.

    What gets me is so many of these exploits utilize buffer overflow bugs. Don't you think the programmers would know how to avoid writing code with such vulnerabilities in the first place, or at least make a reasonable attempt to ensure that a buffer overflow doesn't lead to a security hole? It boggles the mind.

    KJP
     
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    On the one hand, it's a shame that this is happening, and I hope nobody got too hosed by this vulnerability.
    On the other hand - it does my little Mac-using heart proud to walk down the street in Seattle and have every newspaper proclaiming in a big bold headline across the entire width of the top of the front page that XP VULNERABLE TO HACKER ATTACKS. [​IMG]
     
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    >>What gets me is so many of these exploits utilize buffer overflow bugs.
     
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