December 17, 2004
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...
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.
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