Microsoft re-releases security patch for Windows XP

The security patch first released earlier this month may not have fixed a Bluetooth stack problem that could allow an attacker to take complete control of a computer running the OS.

Microsoft on Thursday re-released a security patch from earlier this month that was supposed to fix a Bluetooth stack problem that could allow an attacker to take complete control of a computer running Windows XP.

Security patch MS08-030 was originally released June 10 . The new version of the update is now available for Windows XP SP2 and SP3 customers.

"After we released MS08-030 we learned that the security updates for Windows XP SP2 and SP3 might not have been fully protecting against the issues discussed in that bulletin," Christopher Budd, security response communications lead for Microsoft, explained in a blog entry. "As soon as we learned of that possibility, we mobilized our Software Security Incident Response Process (SSIRP) to investigate the issue."

"Our investigation found that while the other security updates were providing protections for the issues discussed in the bulletin, the Windows XP SP2 and SP3 updates were not," he added.

The company is investigating the situation and believes there may have been two separate "human issues" involved," Budd wrote, without elaborating.

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