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One Patch Makes You Stronger

Microsoft gave out only one patch during yesterday's light Patch Tuesday. The flaw, which wasn't public 'til yesterday's patch came out, involves the Microsoft Server Message Block Protocol and affects XP, Vista, Windows 2000, and Server 2003 and 2008. Hackers could use the hole to take over workstations, execute code remotely (that old bugaboo) and compromise domain controllers.

Meanwhile, if you think Microsoft has a lot of holes, take a look at Oracle. The database company ships its patches every three months and the latest was a doozy, with over 40 fixes. Your database administrators may be far busier this week than your Window admins!

Posted by Doug Barney on January 14, 2009 at 11:53 AM


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