Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Jul 2006 13:28 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft plans to issue patches for 'critical' Windows and Office security problems as part of a regular update scheduled for Tuesday. The software company said in an advisory Thursday that it will issue four bulletins for Windows flaws and three for Office. At least one Windows and one Office problem are deemed 'critical', Microsoft's highest-risk category for security vulnerabilities, according to the advisory.
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RE: well
by xiaokj on Fri 7th Jul 2006 15:24 UTC in reply to "well"
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I'd rather they release patches than not... at least they are trying to save the net from degrading into total botnets. I don't think many sites can handle DDOS attacks by all those wintels out there...

I don't mind spending the effort to patch my coms. Its the requirement of WGA irking me. Other than the deflated bug count and completely obscure patch advisories. And Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool? I sincerely hope nobody takes it seriously...

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RE[2]: well
by ma_d on Fri 7th Jul 2006 15:38 in reply to "RE: well"
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I don't think I'd say "save the net." I think I'd say "not be responsible for the bad things on the net..."

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RE[2]: well
by DonQ on Sat 8th Jul 2006 14:06 in reply to "RE: well"
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And Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool? I sincerely hope nobody takes it seriously...

Actually this tool (MSRT) is in some way more efficient than commercial antiviruses - not by amount of detected malware, but due to the automated delivery and PC scanning every month.

MSRT is basically meant to kill most annoying malware, like rootkits, botnets and some aggressive worms. Dealing with infected PCs on daily basis, I've noticed substantial drop in this kind of malware after introducing MSRT by microsoft.

Some information and data about MSRT:

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RE[3]: well
by Rayz on Sun 9th Jul 2006 05:13 in reply to "RE[2]: well"
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The MSRT is just a tool to gauge the size of the virus/malware problem. Removal of the virus is a just a polite courtesy.

And the results? Just over 2% of the machines tested had a virus. Between that and the release of OneCare, it's not surprising that the likes of Sophos are sniffing round Macs for a new market.

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