Microsoft released five security bulletins on Dec. 14, all of them ranked “important,” the second highest level of severity.
Possibly more crucial to your safety than the five well-publicized patches, however, are three fixes that’ve been released more quietly. The issues that these upgrades fix include:
- XP SP2 firewall runs wide open to dial-up hackers
- ASP.NET can let hackers bypass authentication
- Updated bulletin re-re-patches JPEG hole
XP SP2 firewall runs wide open to dial-up hackers
KB 886185: Microsoft released a “critical update” for XP SP2 on Dec. 14, but (curiously) it didn’t include that update in the December security bulletins.
What is it? This is an update to the XP SP2 firewall.