Yet more flaws warning from Microsoft

Microsoft’s security woes are continuing with the company this week releasing patches for at least 20 flaws in its Windows operating systems, some of which could leave users vulnerable to an MSBlast style attack.

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By  Peter Branton Published  April 14, 2004

Microsoft’s security woes are continuing with the company this week releasing patches for at least 20 flaws in its Windows operating systems, some of which could leave users vulnerable to an MSBlast style attack. Last month Microsoft chairman Bill Gates declared that security was the biggest issue facing the IT industry today in an “executive” e-mail to customers. He also claimed that the company was making significant progress in security, citing the relative decrease in the number of alerts issued for the latest Windows OS, Server 2003. The patches released cover flaws which affect all current versions of Windows, including XP and 2003. A security hole in the Help and Support Centre affects both Windows 2003 and XP, while another could allow an attacker to seize control of a system running 2000, NT or XP. Most of the flaws were discovered by external security firms, who are believed to be very unhappy with the amount of time Microsoft spends on making patches available. Security firm eEye Digital Security points out on its web site this week that it alerted Microsoft to some of these flaws in September 2003. “The patch for these vulnerabilities released today [April 13] comes more than 200 days after eEye’s discovery,” the company said in a statement.

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