Update Rollup 1 for Windows XP
by Arie Slob
Hello Windows users,
Microsoft has released Update Rollup 1 for Microsoft Windows XP. An update rollup is a cumulative set of hotfixes, security patches, critical updates, and updates that are packaged together for easy deployment. Update Rollup 1 for Windows XP is a single package that includes many previously released critical updates for Windows XP.
Supported Operating Systems:
- Windows XP
- Windows XP Service Pack 1
To download and to install the express-installation version of this update rollup (2.7 MB), visit the Microsoft Windows Update Web site, and then install critical update 826939.
Administrators can download the standard version of this update rollup (9.2 MB) to deploy to multiple Windows XP-based or Windows XP SP1-based computers. The standard package is available from the Microsoft Download Center, from the Microsoft Windows Update Catalog, or by using SUS.
For more information, read Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 826939
Microsoft Windows Security Bulletin Summary for October, 2003
This month, Microsoft started with their new monthly notification schedule for security vulnerabilities. This means that only once a month Microsoft will publish a list of new vulnerabilities, as opposed to the old regime, where vulnerabilities where announced as soon as a patch was available.
This new scheme was put in place to make it easier for system administrators and end users alike, who will be able to get a number of patches at once, and only once a month.
Included in this advisory are updates for five newly discovered vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. These vulnerabilities, broken down by severity are:
Severity Rating: Critical
Severity Rating: Important
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