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    Microsoft last week attached a health risk to one its own security patches, following widespread complaints that the fix slowed systems to a crawl.

    The problematic patch, designed to fix a flaw in the way the kernel passes error messages to a debugger, was issued on April 16. The vuln affects Windows NT 4.0, NT 4.0 Server, Terminal Server Edition, Windows 2K and Windows XP) and is - potentially - very serious.
    However the vuln is also difficult to exploit, hence Microsoft's designation the problem as "important" - and not critical.

    For an attack to be successful, an attacker would need to be able to logon interactively to the system, either at the console or through a terminal session, Microsoft explains. Servers are less vulnerable to the issue, according to MS, because of commonplace restrictions on the ability to logon interactively.

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  • #2
    Haven't had this problem. However, RedHat 9 has slowed my system to a crawl

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    • #3
      Originally posted by stanmxl
      Haven't had this problem. However, RedHat 9 has slowed my system to a crawl
      not a surprise , it was rushed out to Gold status way to early if you ask me
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Asendin
        not a surprise , it was rushed out to Gold status way to early if you ask me
        Just trying to make themselves look more even to Mandrake 9.

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        • #5
          Is there a fix to the crawl yet?

          I have a fairly capable computer, so I woudn't say it's crawling, but I have noticed that it's been a bit slower than usual lately.. And I always install patches right away, generally, so I've probably installed it.
          "63,000 bugs in the code, 63,000 bugs, you get 1 whacked with a service pack, now there's 63,005 bugs in the code."
          "Before you critisize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you critisize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes."
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          • #6
            Originally posted by CeleronXT
            Is there a fix to the crawl yet?

            I have a fairly capable computer, so I woudn't say it's crawling, but I have noticed that it's been a bit slower than usual lately.. And I always install patches right away, generally, so I've probably installed it.
            Good call on that one. Id love to know this also.

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            • #7
              Apparently there isn't one.. :O
              "63,000 bugs in the code, 63,000 bugs, you get 1 whacked with a service pack, now there's 63,005 bugs in the code."
              "Before you critisize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you critisize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes."
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              • #8
                The only current fix is to uninstall it.

                Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.
                Highlight Windows XP Hotfix (SP2) Q811493 and click Remove. Ignore any warnings and then reboot.
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                • #9
                  Not yet. If you wan't to know when the new fix will be available, you can subscribe to the Microsoft security bulletin.
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