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    Security (any version)

    This post may not be on topic for this forum but I don't know where else to post it since there is no topic related to security issues in the Lounge.

    Code Red was a wake-up call that should remind us that whenever Microsoft announces a security patch, they are also announcing a security vulnerability. Code Red hit less than a week after Microsoft announced the patch / vulnerability. This proves that there are evil people out there waiting to pounce on any announced vulnerability, and that they operate on a faster schedule than most IT departments, not to mention consumers.

    If we are going to stay ahead of the evil ones, we need to be aware of patch / vulnerability announcements as soon as they are released. Microsoft has a service available on their web site that supposedly sends email notification to subscribers of any security announcements. Has anyone here used this free service? If so, how fast do the notifications get sent after the announcement is made?

    The URL for the Microsoft web page regarding the email notification service is:

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    I would appreciate any comments from loungers who have used this service or know of any other similar services.

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    Re: Security (any version)

    Yes, I use that one. I have to shake my head when it is revised a few hours later, but often Technet is the best source for detailed information.

    I have been receiving a customized newsletter from for some time. That one is useful and summarizes the Technet items, in case you don't want them to clutter your mailbox in real time. It also covers third party products. Visit the <A target="_blank" HREF=>SANS newsletter sign-up page</A> for more information. (It is down at this moment, but should be back soon I would think.)

    I also just started receiving Security UPDATE. This one often seems to have more ads than content, but I haven't reached a final conclusion. Visit the <A target="_blank" HREF=>newsletter sign-up page</A> for more information.

    Finally, this has nothing to do with Office per se... I like the weekly virus update from Trend Micro. Visit the <A target="_blank" HREF=>Weekly Virus Report</A> for more information.

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