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Susan Bradley

About Susan Bradley

Susan Bradley is a Small Business Server and Security MVP, a title awarded by Microsoft to independent experts who do not work for the company. She's also a partner in a California CPA firm.

Microsoft’s out-of-cycle patch plugs hole in IE

Please stop your holiday preparations long enough to apply this week’s important security update for Internet Explorer.

While most of the sites that currently host the so-called XML exploit are located in Asia, this attack on IE is likely to spread quickly to other sites, so make sure to update your PCs with this patch before using Microsoft’s browser for anything else.

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Does the glitch in .NET patching put you at risk?

People using Windows XP Service Pack 3 may not be offered all the .NET security patches their applications require.

However, if none of your PC’s programs requires a version of .NET Framework, this problem will have no impact on your system.

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XP Service Pack 3 blocks .NET security patches

Installing SP3 on Windows XP eliminates the operating system’s ability to install important security patches for Microsoft’s .NET technology and possibly other software.

This problem forces XP SP3 users to apply patches manually to complete vital updates.

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Expect attacks via latest Windows security hole

Following Microsoft’s release last Friday of a critical, out-of-cycle patch, only sporadic reports of attacks based on this weakness have been received — but that may not last.

Apply the patch referred to in MS08-067 right away, because Trojan horses that take advantage of this security breach are sure to hit us soon.

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Microsoft posts emergency defense for new attack

A remote-code exploit that could spread rapidly like the 2003 MSBlaster worm is putting all versions of Windows at risk.

I recommend that you immediately install a patch that Microsoft has just issued to protect your system from a vulnerability in the Server service.

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