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Last Patch Tuesday More Important Than I Thought

I made short shrift of the last Patch Tuesday, not taking it too seriously since there were only two fixes, and only one of those critical.

Turns out one of the patches was for more interesting and important than I thought. It seems that Microsoft has had a hole in its Server Message Block -- a hole that took seven solid years to fix! The vulnerability can let hackers control an entire network. Security pros have no idea what took so long, and believe that many may have been hacked this way without even knowing it.

I'm pretty happy with how Microsoft patches, and see this as an anomaly. You agree? Thoughts welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/13/2008 at 1:16 PM


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