December 17, 2004

Windows XP Firewall Patch

Do you run the firewall on Windows XP... the one that came with Service Pack 2? Then you will need to sneak over to Microsoft and get the latest patch for a Critical Vulnerability. Yeah, it was just released today. Bet ya didn't hear about it though, did ya?

Users who installed SP2 on their Windows XP machines and also have file and printer sharing enabled may have been sharing their files and printers with the entire Internet, according to Microsoft.

By default, file and printer sharing makes changes to the SP2 firewall to give computers on the "local network" access to shared resources. However, the definition of that local network depends on the Internet service provider (ISP). In some cases, especially with dial-up ISPs, it meant the entire Internet, according to Microsoft.

But hey, let's not tell anyone about it 'kay? Just keep it quiet and low key - no one will ever have to know...

Microsoft first discussed the firewall issue in an article on its Web site in September. A "critical" update for Windows XP SP2 was released on Tuesday. However, though issued on the same day, the update was not part of Microsoft's monthly security updates. That's because security updates are only for software vulnerabilities, according to Schare.

"A vulnerability is a software bug that needs to be repaired to avoid a security issue. This is a configuration setting that shipped with Windows XP that was not optimal, but that is not classified as a security vulnerability," he said.

You see... silly people this is a "configuration issue" it couldn't possibly be classified as a "security issue" even if everyone and their brother can see your files on the internet...

And Microsoft wonders why people don't take their security prattling seriously!

Posted by: Teresa in WebTech at 11:53 AM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 Yay!

Of course, not being completely crazy, I keep my Windows XP box behind a router with NAT which blocks almost everything and a Linux firewall.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 17, 2004 12:50 PM (+S1Ft)

2 I have it shut off because it prevents my second networked computer from accessing the internet. I have WinGate's Gatekeeper firewall instead.

Posted by: Sissy Willis at December 17, 2004 01:22 PM (7WFgX)

3 Yeah, I have a separate firewall appliance and NAT going too. But I know there are people out there going directly onto the net from their computers - especially those doing WiFi at places like Starbucks, Panera, Borders, Barnes and Noble, airports...

Posted by: Teresa at December 17, 2004 03:22 PM (nAfYo)

4 Heh. You used "Microsoft" & "security" in the same sentence ;-)

Posted by: Harvey at December 17, 2004 06:19 PM (ubhj8)

5 One more reason why XP and I don't get along. I do have NAT and a different firewall. Only because I do NOT trust Microsoft. I must say, I do appreciate you posting information like this. Thank you!

Posted by: vw bug at December 18, 2004 08:02 AM (gengH)

6 I had installed SP2 but it slowed me down, so it came out. Thank goodness this one does not apply to me...

Posted by: pam at December 19, 2004 05:03 AM (l6NIn)

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