Is SP2 Vulnerable? - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Software // Enterprise Applications

Is SP2 Vulnerable?

Microsoft refutes Russian company's claim, yet will continue to research it

Microsoft is researching a possible vulnerability that a little-known Russian company claims resides in Microsoft Windows Service Pack 2, but says early analysis indicates there isn't a problem.

The Russian company, Positive Technologies, says it has found a way to bypass service-pack technologies known as data-execution protection and heap-overflow protection, which guard against certain types of worm and hacker attacks. Released in August, the service pack was designed to secure Windows XP.

According to its early analysis, "an attacker cannot use this method by itself to attempt to run malicious code on a user's system," Microsoft said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Microsoft plans to release several software patches on Tuesday. Security bulletins to be issued this week are for applications such as Microsoft SharePoint, .Net Framework, Microsoft Office, and Visual Studio, as well as Windows, Media Player, and MSN Messenger.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Commentary
Learning: It's a Give and Take Thing
James M. Connolly, Editorial Director, InformationWeek and Network Computing,  1/24/2020
Slideshows
IT Careers: Top 10 US Cities for Tech Jobs
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  1/14/2020
Commentary
Predictions for Cloud Computing in 2020
James Kobielus, Research Director, Futurum,  1/9/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
The Cloud Gets Ready for the 20's
This IT Trend Report explores how cloud computing is being shaped for the next phase in its maturation. It will help enterprise IT decision makers and business leaders understand some of the key trends reflected emerging cloud concepts and technologies, and in enterprise cloud usage patterns. Get it today!
Slideshows
Flash Poll