Of forced downloads, security updates and Trojan horses

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.

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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?

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  • No

    The patch e-mails are social engineering. The presence or absence of auto patching is irrelevant.

    "We are currently experiencing issues with our automated patch system. Please run the the attachment to protect your system"
    rpmyers1
  • Correct me if I'm wrong...

    but I seem to remember Microsoft vowing that they would NEVER distribute updates via email. Besides, there is no excuse for opening suspect attachments. The parallel can be drawn to opening a box received in the regular mail from an unknown sender. There's no one to blame for your ignornace. Much like not knowing the law is no excuse for breaking it...
    Real World