Microsoft 'fixes' Windows XP firewall security hole
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For all you who believe MS has fixed their security issues, dream on. MS will never fix their security issues until windows becomes Unix.

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The firewall - turned on by default by XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) - can leave files open across the whole net if users choose to enable file and printer sharing, it transpires. Such access should be restricted across a local network but Microsoft has implemented the feature in such a way that, for users of some dial-up ISPs, a local sub-net becomes the whole internet. Microsoft first informed users of this back in September but it has taken five months for it to release a fix. theregister.com


Let's get serious here, the Window XP 'firewall' was and is a piece of garbage. Too many holes to get into here, this thread has more on this issue. Use zone alarm, the free version is fine for your firewall needs.

MS may be able to fool most of the people most of the time, but they aren't fooling all of the people all of the time.
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