I did the patch last night and created an image of my partition to bootable CD-R's after reading on the ticker tape news, an alert by Microsoft for everyone to patch their OS because of a known vunerability. The patch number/article is: <b>KB824146</b>, Sept. 10, 2003.
Go to updates and initiate the patch. I suppose we will learn more about it as the day lingers.
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September 11, 2003 9:45:08 PM
Thanks for posting this. Maybe it will save alot of headache later on for some people later on. Remember the blaster nightmare? I downloaded the patch first thing this morning, when I heard of it, before I went to work.
Your arrogance is boring!
Unfortunately that is the cost of being the Big Cheese in IT. If you have the first place in the marketplace, you will be under the microscope, and what better person would it be than good ole' BG himself, who claims publicly that Windows is the best OS in the world.
Well BG, you wanted attention, so now every cracker & hacker wants to promote you to the spotlight just to watch you eat humble-pie. It is a misfortune that we the consumer get caught in the crossfire of contempt.
So, what is the answer to this madness? A lot of people are looking to the underdog - Linux.
These are challenging times for Windows and if we are to keep dumping $$$ into BG's pocket for such a [sarcasm]"superior OS"[/sarcasm], then we must roll with the punches or step out of the ring.
It seems that this patches are still very important to corporate business and schools which stores numerous amount of data that is connected with broadband internet.
At our college, WIN2000 is used and SP4 is installed plus all the latest security patches.
<font color=green>If your nose <b>RUNS</b>, and feet <b>SMELLS</b>.
Then you must be born <b>UP-SIDE DOWN</b>.</font color=green>
Hehehe...LOL! Now that is a funny post. I'm not laughing at you but at your displacement of potential blame.
You sound like the end user bad mothing the IT tech. I know what you mean about SMS, it is an IT tech's headache which he gets the honor of taking all the credit when the program screws up.
The IT tech is the unsung hero behind the scene and to be able to take the verbal abuse from end users and keep on loving their job is an attribute of a professional. My friend my hat is off to you for your diligent effort to maintain the creditability of your profession (my hobby). I commend you for your knowledge and excellent customer service for which very few give the IT tech recognition. In my book IT tech's like you are real heroes. Bear the title proudly, and above on KEEP SMILING! (no one knows what you are thinking when you smile) A smile is contagious and will take you a long way to success.
Remember attitude is everything, you made me laugh in this post so I hope you are still able to laugh at the flaming circus hoops that you get to jump through each day. You my friend are building character.
Never a dull moment in IT, as long as there are humans and machines learning to coexist, and smart@$$ like BG who keeps on making [sarcasm]<b>superior OS's</b>[/sarcasm]. Keep up the good work!
Just think if it were not for &*#@! cracker, hacker, BG's, and computer illiterate people you my friend would be unemployed. So, thank the dumb@$$ ignorance of non high-tech humanity and well-meaning programmers from whence cometh your paycheck. :smile:
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<A HREF="http://www.btvillarin.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=323" target="_new">MY RIGS</A><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by jc14all on 09/12/03 09:31 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
Take a step of faith and get yourself a second cheap PC and load nothing but Linux on it and learn as much as you can, then you will know what BG is afraid of. To answer your question, yes the home users should not take the threat of rogue programs created by cracker lightly.
They (crackers) are in it for the rush and excitement their sick minds get from taunting the BG's of the world. So, don't take it personal just do the patch, play the game, or switch OS's.
Now that looks interesting. Have you tested it, or has it been effective for you during these vunerabilities? I know it must run in the background as a service, but what percentage of resources does it use? Is it compatible with a firewall and virus scan program running?
It doesn't run in the background. All it does is disable the DCOM services, which most people don't need anyway. Even without turning off the service, my firewall provided sufficient protection... but I disabled it anyway, just to be sure.
GRC.com is an excellent resource for Windows security issues. He usually keeps on top of all the latest patches / security holes and gives good advice on protecting your computer.
<font color=red> If you design software that is fool-proof, only a fool will want to use it. </font color=red>