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    New Patches released ( 811493 & 815021)

    Guys,
    Windows update just this morning is showing two new patches 811493 which was the Trouble Maker for many of us with the performance hit and a new one which is 815021. I AM NOT INSTALLING EITHER OF THESE UNTIL I HEAR FROM THE GUYS ON THIS FORUM OR WOODY THAT THESE ARE OK TO INSTALL!!!

    So, if any of you or Woody would please advise us if these are ok to install PLEASE do so. Until then I'll take my chances with security risk. Thanks so much to all that have been so good about helping the rest of us out in the past that aren't as savy as the experts are on here. It sure makes life easier for us intermediate users for sure. I'm really anxious to hear from you guys...........

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    Re: New Patches released ( 811493 & 815021)

    From MSKB Article 811493:

    "For an attack to be successful, an attacker would have to be able to log on interactively to the system, either at the console or through a terminal session. Also, a successful attack would require the introduction of code to exploit this vulnerability."

    From MSKB Article 815021:

    "An attacker may exploit the vulnerability by sending a specially formed HTTP request to a computer running Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS)."

    As a palliative, check your security policy settings and allow to connect to your servers for approved groups only (for example, Power Users). Force users to change their passwords regularly. Reset Administrator passwords and share them with minimal number of people.
    If a mole is ALREADY member of your staff, you'll loose anyway.

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    Re: New Patches released ( 811493 & 815021)

    kaplinb,
    So basically you're telling me to forget these two patches and just take reasonable precautions.......right? kaplinb I really appreciate you input and help. I can't understand why MS can't get these patches right can you?? Look at how the messed this 811493 patch up the first time with the peformance hit? When I ran Windows Update and saw the same number reappear I immediately came to Woody's lounge to see what you guys had to say about it. I'll definitely hold off until you guys tell me other wise for sure and thanks so much for helping me. I wish I knew half of what you know about computers, but I've been a mechanic all my life and didn't get into computers till '95. Oh well, live and learn, eh?

    Thanks again,
    JeffT

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    Re: New Patches released ( 811493 & 815021)

    Jeff, the updated 811493 seems to be working fine on three PCs that I've installed it on so far. I've not seen any negative comments in any MS XP newsgroups about the updated patch. If you are not running IIS you don't need the other. It probably won't make any difference on your machine.

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    Re: New Patches released ( 811493 & 815021)

    Yes, I'm telling you : "Don't fix things that aren't broken"! As a mechanic, you must know it. Almost all of the "critical updates" are intended to fix security holes that important for large corporate environment, not for your home computer. It is absolutely necessary to install antivirus program and update it regularly for all computers; if you have DSL or another type of high-speed Internet connection, it is wise to use firewall program as ZoneAlarm. But your home computer is safe enough if you'll install the latest Service Pack (SP) only. If you are so concern about your computer security, change security settings in your browser (if you use IE, click Tools | Internet Options | Advanced tab; then Security tab and Custom Level button for each Zone). And shut down Automatic Updates (press Windows key and Pause/Breeak key simultaneously, click Automatic Updates tab and uncheck the box "Keep my computer up-to date...") - it will keep your computer out of trouble.

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    Re: New Patches released ( 811493 & 815021)

    As one of those who had real problems with 811493, I can vouch for the NEW 811493 patch. It looks like they got it right this time. <img src=/S/cranky.gif border=0 alt=cranky width=18 height=25>

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    Re: New Patches released ( 811493 & 815021)

    Patch 815201 killed my PC. After downloading and installing, I went to reboot. Upon reboot, I got my first BSOD under XP ever, and an infinite cycle of boots and BSOD's. I am now about to post a question in this forum how to use recovery console to roll back this patch.

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