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Microsoft Withdraws Ineffective Patch

Microsoft Withdraws Ineffective Patch

Microsoft has this week withdrawn an update for Windows Server because the patch does not treat the real cause of the problem it was intended to fix.

The patch, "MS10-025" that was released 8 days ago was designed to address a flaw specific to Windows 2000 Server installations also running Windows Media Services.

Microsoft told users that the bug was a serious threat initially. However, they are now forcing their customers to rely upon previously released updates to protect against the threat.

Jerry Bryant of Microsoft stated in an online blog: "Customers should review the bulletin for mitigations and workarounds and those with internet facing systems with Windows Media Services installed should evaluate and use firewall best practices to limit their overall exposure."

A new patch has been promised for next week and users have been reassured that the bug is not currently being actively exploited by hackers.


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