Hackers stay one step ahead yet again
Microsoft's efforts at making life difficult for pirates of its flagship Windows XP product have been thwarted yet again.
With the release of XP Service Pack 1 three days ago, the Redmond giant warned people using pirated versions of the operating system that they would not be able to install the upgrade.
Ever since its release, Windows XP has contained a critical flaw that could be trivially exploited at any time by any malicious hacker. By causing any Windows XP system to process a specially-formed URL (web-style link), the XP system would obediently delete all or most of the files within any specified directory. (That's not good.)
Source: Tweak Town
By now many of you would have discovered that Microsoft’s first Service Pack for Windows XP is among us, whether Microsoft like it or not. Recently a press release was issued by the software giant saying the Service Pack would be released on the 9th of September to end-users but as it happens, it was leaked before this date by beta testers and folks in the know – what a surprise.
Source: PC Magazine
Microsoft officially released Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) this week. Available as a free download or on a CD-ROM for $9.95 (list), SP1 includes all of Microsoft's Windows XP security patches as well as fixes for more than 300 documented bugs, most of them minor. The collection of updates, which is identical for Home and Professional versions of Windows XP, also adds integral USB 2.0 support, but not Bluetooth support, which is expected in fall of 2002.