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Holes found in Windows XP update - Holes found in Windows XP update
Fri, August 20 2004 | 11:54AM | PermaLink Feedback?
Barely hours after home users started securing their PCs with a key update for Windows XP, security experts have found ways around it. The SP2 update makes XP less attractive to virus writers and malicious hackers by plugging widely exploited loopholes. But discoveries by security firms Secunia and German company Heise show that some holes have been left open. Microsoft said it was investigating one of the new bugs but said no users had been caught out by this loophole.

The bug Microsoft is looking into lets malicious programs hide as images that automatically install and then run when Windows is re-started. Microsoft only put the SP2 security patch for the Home edition of Windows XP on its auto-update servers this week. SP2 provides a single place for people to control anti-virus software, firewall and XP updates as well as blocking pop-up ads, some spyware and warning about the dangers of e-mail attachments.

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