October 12, 2004

Microsoft Security Update

by brian_turner

Today Microsoft unveiled no less than 10 security advisories covering 22 new flaws that the company has detected in its own products – including some rated as “critical”.

Not surprisingly, Internet Explorer continues to reveal itself as an easy tool for hackers, and the general question begs to be asked as to why – only weeks after the much trumpeted, and troublesome, SP2 update – has Microsoft waited until after the release to discover that it’s all part of a continuing botched job.

I promise you all, my next business PC will *not* be running Microsoft Windows on it.

Here’s how CNet described the issue in it’s article Microsoft warns of a score of security flaws:

The advisories, and patches published with the bulletins, range from an “important” flaw affecting only Microsoft Windows NT Server to a collection of eight security holes, including three rated “critical,” that leave Internet Explorer open to attack. Microsoft’s highest severity rating for software flaws is its “critical” ranking, while “important” is considered slightly less severe.

One flaw, in Microsoft Excel, even affects Apple Computer’s Mac OS X.

On the subject of Internet Explorer, it was interesting coming across this comment from eweek:

Microsoft has faced increased criticism for not incorporating any new features into Internet Explorer since releasing Version 6 in fall 2001. Microsoft does not plan on releasing any changes to Internet Explorer until the release of Windows Longhorn, not due out for several more years.

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