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How bad Windows security is getting

You know you’re having problems if The US Department of Homeland Security issues warnings about your software, so have pity on Microsoft whose latest vunerability has even led to government action.
Anyone who hasn’t patched the Windows XP, 2000, NT 4.0 or Server 2003 installation in the past 10 days or so is vunerable to the Buffer Overrun In RPC Interface Could Allow Code Execution flaw, a serious flaw which has the potential to make the Code Red and SQL Slammer attacks look amateurish. Of course, if you have a reasonable firewall (ZoneAlarm free is enough), use Windows 95, 98 or Me or just simply don’t use Windows then you’re fine.
There is already code available to exploit this hole, so it’s only a matter of time before someone tags it on to some worm code and sends it on its merry ways. If you use one of these operating systems, get yourself a firewall, do a backup and then apply the patch, though I’ve had the patch for a few days now and not suffered any ill effects.
(By the way, this is the 1111th entry :))

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