Microsoft Issues Windows Security “Advisory” for XP, Win2K, and Server 2003

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In one of the first tests of its new security advisory system, Microsoft has announced a vulnerability in the Windows TCP/IP stack. The security advisories are a supplement to the Microsoft Windows Security Bulletins which are issued on the first Tuesday of each month.

According to today’s advisory, Microsoft is “aware of a new vulnerability report affecting TCP/IP, a network component of Microsoft Windows,” and goes on to add that they “are not aware of any attacks attempting to use the reported vulnerability and have no reports of customer impact at this time.”

Still, they recommend that anyone with affected software, which includes Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3, Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1, Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Service Pack 1 (Itanium), Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition version 2003 (Itanium), Microsoft Windows Server 2003, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based systems, and who has not already applied the MS05-019 security update, take appropriate measure to safeguard their systems.

Depending on which affected system you have, Microsoft recommends that you either install [Page no longer available – we have linked to the version instead], or [Page no longer available – we have linked to the version instead].

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