New windows XP updates - Q823559 - Q817606

  Gaz 25 16:29 10 Jul 2003



Anyone downloaded?

Are they safe enough to download?


  Andybear 16:59 10 Jul 2003

Gaz 25

I downloaded them yesterday - no problems so far.



  Andybear 17:00 10 Jul 2003

Sorry - make that this morning!

  VoG II 17:04 10 Jul 2003
  Gaz 25 17:34 10 Jul 2003

Wont be downloading that one then!!!

But I have left the download till tomorrow.

Work, NEVER update the client PC's that have only SP 1 on XP, and will probably install SP2 eventually, but they just hope the firewall and webpage scanner blocks out attacks. The only thingh they update regually is the firewall, AV and server Windows Server 2003.

But other than that they are the experts on security and say you dont need all updates if you have a firewall, true?

  hoverman 18:00 10 Jul 2003

Downloaded both earlier today - no problems to report.

  Gaz 25 18:05 10 Jul 2003

Ok, Thanks Hoverman,

  VoG II 18:17 10 Jul 2003

No probs here either.

  Gaz 25 18:19 10 Jul 2003

Ok, I will download tmrow, see I set it to remind me tmrw.

Anyway thanks.

  Gaz 25 18:43 10 Jul 2003

Microsoft has released a security bulletin warning of a problem affecting the HTML converter(*) in versions of Windows and could allow arbitrary code to be run. The company has also announced the availability of the corresponding patch.

The vulnerability stems from a flaw in the way the HTML converter for Microsoft Windows handles a conversion request during a cut-and-paste operation. As the HTML converter function is in Internet Explorer, an attacker could create a web page or HTML e-mail to run arbitrary code and cause a buffer overflow.

Microsoft has classified the vulnerability as critical in Windows 98, NT, 2000 and XP, and moderate in Windows Server 2003, as in the latter case, Internet Explorer runs by default in a more secure mode, mitigating the chances of an attack. Previous versions of the operating system, which no longer have support from Microsoft, have not been tested (e.g. Windows 95), and it is unknown whether they are affected or not.

Full details on the vulnerabilities and the download and application of the patches for all the corresponding versions are available in the <A HREF="click here">Microsoft bulletin</a>.

(*)All versions of Windows contain specific functions for converting file formats. One of the formats supported natively by the operating system is HTML, which lets users view, import or save files as HTML.

Microsoft bullitin for the Q823559 update: click here

  fullywired23 19:46 10 Jul 2003

Every time I install these updates,I am unable to connect to Outlook Express and I have to do a system restore to a time before the updates to get it working again


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