Serious flaws discovered inWindows security update

27th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

27 August 2004, SAN FRANCISCO - Serious security flaws have been discovered in Microsoft's mammoth new Service Pack 2 (SP2) update for Windows XP, which was meant to drastically improve the security of the world's dominant computer operating system. According to trade magazines, the new Microsoft Security Center - which is meant supervise the computers' defences against viruses and other hacking attempts - may give users a false sense of security and allow hackers to remain undetected even when they have i

27 August 2004

SAN FRANCISCO - Serious security flaws have been discovered in Microsoft's mammoth new Service Pack 2 (SP2) update for Windows XP, which was meant to drastically improve the security of the world's dominant computer operating system.

According to trade magazines, the new Microsoft Security Center - which is meant supervise the computers' defences against viruses and other hacking attempts - may give users a false sense of security and allow hackers to remain undetected even when they have in effect taken over the computer.

The Security Center can be spoofed by hackers into displaying false information thereby allowing viruses to turn off firewalls and anti-virus software, according to TechWeb. The threat was said to be more serious for home machines which are generally less well protected than corporate networks.

Microsoft had been forced to delay the launch of its biggest update yet to its flagship operating system to enable corporate IT managers to switch off its automatic installation. It has since been found to be incompatible with at least 50 applications. Other security flaws have also been discovered.

Last week, German company Heise Security reported two flaws could be used to hide warnings about running untrusted programmes. Security researchers also point out that basic flaws allow the firewall protection to be easily circumvented.

DPA

Subject: German news

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