A huge update – 12 patches and bugfixes – for Microsoft Windows XP is scheduled for relase sometime later today. At least one such update is listed as critical and involves a security exploit. So folks, be ready to fire up windows update tonight.
Interestingly enough, Microsoft has also made it clear with this batch of updates that they are going to stop updating Windows 98 and ME operating systems against new vulnerabilities. According to the BBC:
At the same time as information about the update was being released, Microsoft mentioned that it will not be able to patch Windows 98 and ME against a loophole discovered in April 2006.
Fixing this bug in the ageing software would require a major re-write of the Windows Explorer program used in these old copies of the operating system.
Microsoft is not prepared to undertake this work, given that all support for Windows 98 and ME ends on 11 July 2006.
On its security blog Microsoft wrote: “We strongly recommend that those of you who are still running these older versions of Windows upgrade to a newer, more secure version, such as Windows XP SP2, as soon as possible.”
Alas, for those users of the older operating systems, forced obsolescence has finally come.
Oh, and? keeping with the spirit of updates and such, this server has been updated to the latest versions of Apache (2.2.2) and PHP (5.1.4).