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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Microsoft Patch Triggers Homeland Warning

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned Wednesday that a recently patched Microsoft Windows vulnerability could put the nation's critical infrastructure at risk.

The patch, described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-040, relates to Windows Server services. It was one of 12 updates issued Tuesday, by the software giant, but security experts are particularly concerned with the bug because hackers have already exploited the vulnerability. The vulnerability is described here.
-- Digital World Tokyo

In 1998, Windows malfunctioned on a Naval "smart ship" and left it dead in the water. It's good to see that the government is capable of learning from it's mistakes with such urgency.


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