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    Windows XP Security hole.  

    http://slashdot.org/articles/01/12/20/1929208.shtml


    I was watching ScreenSavers and they were talking about a buffer overflow in XP that would allow anyone on the internet to hack your PC. They have known about the flaw for at least a month and they are just now telling everyone.

    I guess this is supposed to be the worst security flaw ever.


    Boy, MS messed up this time.

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    Ha ha. I wish I was still in college so I could laugh at the folks using XP.

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    I saw this on Screensavers, as well. I laughed for about 10 minutes. Then I realized how serious this is. At least Microsoft fessed up and created a patch.



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    "This is the first network-based, remote compromise that I'm aware of for Windows desktop systems," said Scott Culp, manager of Microsoft's security response center.
    Don't be so hard on MS, this is the only vulnerability they ever had!

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    Re: Windows XP Security hole.  

    Microsoft security flaw? Is a MS OS installed on your system? If so, you have a security problem. ;D

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    Re: Windows XP Security hole. *

    Why am I not surprised?

    Does anyone have the link that specifically says that it takes 23 minutes to break into a Windows box and 3 days to break into a Linux box with a default install????

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    Does anyone have the link that specifically says that it takes 23 minutes to break into a Windows box and 3 days to break into a Linux box with a default install????
    I don't believe that. Most linux distros default install has 20 daemons running, whereas Windows has none (except maybe SMB).

    However, a properly secured Windows box can be hacked much easier than a properly secured Linux box

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    I don't believe that. Most linux distros default install has 20 daemons running, whereas Windows has none (except maybe SMB).
    Well most of the distros that do that (like Mandrake) also automatically set up a firewall for you now. Any that don't are a joke.

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    Here's the funny thing, for one to be vulnerable, all you need to do is connect to the internet. And where do you get the patch?

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    Here's the funny thing, for one to be vulnerable, all you need to do is connect to the internet. And where do you get the patch?
    Oh I an answer this one! You send 89.95 USD to Redmond for the patch CD ... just don't share it with freinds or the MS police will come after you (remember the Pac Bell Police?).

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