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Windows XP Service pack 2

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Fastlane247, Apr 13, 2004.

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  1. Fastlane247

    Fastlane247 It's My Birthday! Thread Starter

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    Hi just wanted to let everyone know that there is word of windows xp service pack 2 comming out very soon.... thought some people might like to know that :D
     
  2. colmaca

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    yes i'm running it all is fine here (y) :D
     
  3. colmaca

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    thought i'd post this as well ,
    Overview of Windows XP SP2 Security Technologies
    Many customers do not or cannot roll out patches as soon as they become available, but still need to be protected against the risks that the patches mitigate. Each security bulletin that Microsoft delivers includes information that customers can use to help mitigate risk while they deploy the patch. However, Microsoft is innovating further delivering security technologies that provide additional mitigation ahead of deploying a patch. These security technologies will cover the following areas:

    Network protection. These security technologies will help provide better protection against network-based attacks, like Blaster, through a number of innovations, including enhancements to Internet Connection Firewall (ICF). The planned enhancements include turning on ICF in default installations of SP2, closing ports except when they are in use, improving the user interface for configuration, improving application compatibility when ICF is on, and enhancing enterprise administration of ICF through Group Policy. The attack surface of the RPC service will be reduced as well as running in a reduced privilege. The DCOM infrastructure will also have additional access control restrictions to reduce the risk of a successful network attack.
    Memory protection. Some attacks by malicious software leverage software vulnerabilities that allow too much data to be copied into areas of the computer's memory. These vulnerabilities are typically referred to as buffer overruns. Although no single technique can completely eliminate this type of vulnerability, Microsoft is employing a number of security technologies to mitigate these attacks from different angles. First, core Windows components are being recompiled with the most recent version of our compiler technology to help mitigate against buffer overruns. Additionally, Microsoft is working with microprocessor companies to help Windows support hardware-enforced "no execute" (or NX) on microprocessors that contain the feature. NX uses the CPU itself to enforce the separation of application code and data, preventing an application or Windows component from executing program code that an attacking worm or virus inserted into a portion of memory marked for data only.
    Safer e-mail. Security technologies will help stop viruses (such as SoBig.F) that spread through e-mail and instant messaging. These technologies include default settings that are more secure, improved attachment control for Outlook Express and Windows Messenger, and increased Outlook Express security and reliability. As a result, potentially unsafe attachments sent through e-mail and instant messages will be isolated so that they cannot affect other parts of the system.
    Safer browsing. Security technologies delivered in Internet Explorer that will provide improved protection against malicious content on the Web. One enhancement includes locking down the local machine zone to prevent against the running of malicious scripts and fortifying against harmful Web downloads. Additionally, we will provide better user controls and user interfaces that help prevent malicious ActiveX® controls and spyware from running on customers' systems without their knowledge and consent.
    Microsoft understands that security technologies are only one aspect of a sound defense-in-depth security strategy. The security technologies outlined here are the next steps being taken in the Trustworthy Computing initiative to make customers' systems more resilient.
     
  4. Fastlane247

    Fastlane247 It's My Birthday! Thread Starter

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    I didnt know service pack 2 was out yet i just herd it was comming out soon
     
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  7. Fastlane247

    Fastlane247 It's My Birthday! Thread Starter

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    cool.... so basicaly the service pack 2 is just a firewall then... that is what it seems to be from what i have read.
     
  8. colmaca

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    this is the security center control panel [​IMG]
     
  9. Emtronics

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    I don't recommend installing Service Pack 2 until MS releases it out of Beta. There are a lot of little bugs yet to be seen......

    It's a lot more than a firewall, also adds a popup blocker to IE and a whole lot of security stuff
     
  10. Horowitz

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    It also adds built in bluetooth support (For those wierd people who don't want to plug in a simple usb cord for there printer) =)
     
  11. dai

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    been using it for over a year since alpha realease with no problems at all
     
  12. Fastlane247

    Fastlane247 It's My Birthday! Thread Starter

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    I still wouldnt get it until it is fully relesed... i never get any software until all the bugs are out... the last thing i want to do is format because of a bug in it.... but it sounds very sound... :D
     
  13. dai

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    thats the best part of xp you can do a repair without the format
     
  14. Fastlane247

    Fastlane247 It's My Birthday! Thread Starter

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    ya but i have done many repairs on computers with xp ... never my own.. and after about a month you usually run into more issues... i usually only recommend a os repair as a temp fix to back up your stuff.... (this is my personal opinion)
     
  15. Horowitz

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    Yesh Repair installs are a bad idea in the long term, unless as a band-aid solution to get back into windows after a serious crash to back up data - then do a full format / reinstall!
     
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