By Gregg Keizer
August 3, 2010
Although some had hoped that Microsoft would violate its own patching
policy, the company yesterday stuck to its guns and declined to provide
a fix for a critical bug to users running Windows XP Service Pack 2
On Monday, Microsoft shipped an emergency patch for the Windows shortcut
bug that attackers have been exploiting for several weeks. The
vulnerability affects all versions from Windows 2000 on, including XP,
Vista and Windows 7.
But, per Microsoft's practice, the oldest operating systems and service
packs were denied the update.
"To be crystal clear, there is no security update for XP SP2," said
Microsoft spokesman Christopher Budd in a Webcast on the out-of-band
patch that he hosted Monday afternoon.
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