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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-03-06 09:03 PM
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Firms urged to use unofficial Windows patch
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009-6016649.html

Experts are advising corporations to use an unofficial patch to combat the latest Microsoft Windows Meta File exploit.

Antivirus vendor F-Secure and the Internet Storm Center, a volunteer security group, separately urged businesses on Tuesday to use the unofficial patch, as Microsoft has not yet offered an authorized fix for the problem.

Microsoft, though, has advised businesses not to use third-party updates, even though its own patch won't be available until next Tuesday.


Sigh.
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salvorhardin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-03-06 09:09 PM
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1. Since Ilfak Guilfanov's patch is freely available
Why doesn't Microsoft "rebrand" it and call it the official patch? :-)
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AntiCoup2K4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-03-06 09:17 PM
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2. They would only do that if they could sell it.
Kinda like they did with DOS.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-03-06 09:25 PM
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3. Just a matter of time
before Microsoft engineers "think" of virtually the same patch.
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Terre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-03-06 09:27 PM
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4. Since Ilfak's web blog is down
due to server overload, CastleCops is helping to set up a new site, in addition to mirrored sites for the download.

Here's a link to the post where they're discussing it:
http://castlecops.com/t143195-Problems_accessing_hexblo...

And here's a link to CastCops Hexblog Main forum:
http://castlecops.com/f212-Hexblog.html

Whether firms take him up on the offer is obviously up to them, but frankly, I wouldn't want to be in their shoes if they encounter major problems only because they're reluctant to do anything proactive just because MS considers it "unofficial".

As for me, after all I've researched, there are enough respected people and sources to vouch for this temporary patch.

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salvorhardin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-03-06 09:39 PM
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5. I agree
Edited on Tue Jan-03-06 09:40 PM by salvorhardin
When SANS validated it on New Year's day that was the closer for me.
http://isc.sans.org/diary.php?storyid=994
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