Of forced downloads, security updates and Trojan horses

Summary:Microsoft today disabled the tool that prevented Windows XP Service Pack 2 from automatically downloading itself onto business computers. Also today, the company released a slew of security patches, five of them critical, as part of its monthly update.

Microsoft today disabled the tool that prevented Windows XP Service Pack 2 from automatically downloading itself onto business computers. Also today, the company released a slew of security patches, five of them critical, as part of its monthly update. The critical fixes, which target Windows' TCP/IP networking, Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger, Office and Exchange,?arrive on the heels of Trojan horse e-mails that claimed to come from Microsoft's Windows Update. Are phony security updates convincing arguments for automatic patches?

Topics: Windows

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David Grober has worked a variety of editorial roles in the technology media since 1982, when he joined the copy desk at IDG's Computer Business News. He served as managing editor for PC Week (now eWeek) and, later, Digital News. David made the leap from print to online publishing in 1994, when he joined Ziff-Net's Software Library. Sinc... Full Bio

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