By Dennis Fisher
August 23, 2004
More than two years after company officials claimed Microsoft Corp. would emphasize security over features in all products, the whopping update to the company's Windows XP operating system is being hit for introducing new vulnerabilities.
IT administrators and security experts who have had a chance to install, work with and investigate the changes Windows XP Service Pack 2 makes to the operating system said last week the upgrade doesn't live up to the spirit of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing campaign announced by Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates in January 2002.
Within about a week of its limited release two weeks ago, a German security researcher found two issues with SP2 that changed the way Microsoft products typically warn users about dangerous online content
Microsoft Pushes XP SP2
Automatic delivery of the security update will resume this week.
Joris Evers, IDG News Service
Monday, August 23, 2004
After a nine-day postponement, Microsoft this week plans to start pushing out Windows XP Service Pack 2 to PCs running Windows XP Professional Edition.
Taken off guard by the large number of business customers who rely on the Windows Automatic Updates feature for patches, Microsoft last week postponed automatic distribution of the mammoth service pack. The software maker sent a note to corporate customers saying the delay was in response to customer requests for more time to install a registry key that will block the automatic delivery of SP2.