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  1. #1
    robsonde
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    Default I have some info about SP2

    I have been to a microsoft partner briefing today......

    most of the day was MS talking good things about SP2 (service pack 2 for windows XP)

    main points:

    HACKERS

    hackers are getting a exploit out faster and faster.
    after the patch comes out the hack follows soon.
    when nimda come out the patch had been out for 331 days.
    when blaster come out the patch had been out for 25 days.
    when sasser came out the patch had only been out for 14 days.
    hackers are looking at the patch and using that to design the exploit/worm.


    THE FIREWALL

    first thing that they all want us to know about is that the firewall gets an upgrade.
    ICF gets renamed to Windows firewall. the firewall gets to a standard that MS call EAL4 (I don't know what that is yet)
    the main point about the firewall is that it is ON by default.
    out going traffic is not stopped at all, in coming ports are all blocked ports can be opened by port number or by program name.
    if the named program is run then the port will be opened for that program to get in coming traffic.
    you can do IP filtering as well.

    warning!
    the firewall will stop ports for file and print sharing if you don't watch yourself.

    the other cool thing about the firewall is that it gives protection from boot time, in the current system the network card is brought up, given an IP address and the IP stack is all ready, then the system does other booting stuff and at the end of all the booting the ICF kicks in. the new firewall will give protection form the moment the IP stack is started.



    SECURITY CENTER

    a new icon in the control panel is call security center and gives access to info about the security of your system, the three big things are the status of the firewall, antivirus,auto updates.

    if any of the three big security things are NOT running/uptodate then an icon comes up in the system tray and tells you to get your ass over to the security center and see what the problem is.

    the security center can detect and work with firewall and anti-virus program written be third parties and display the info about if they are on and if they are uptodate. the support is NOT a MS issue , MS has provided an API and any developers can include support in there program if they want.

    at this point there are about 10 firewalls and 10 anit-virus venders who have support, more are coming everyday, if your anit-virus program is not supported than don't tell MS its not there fault, tell you anit-virus vender.



    Data Execution Protection (DEP)
    this is the thing that has had the most news and is of the least importance to most of us.
    the NX-bit is a feture of new CPUs (athlon64s)
    this will stop buffer overflows, don't ask how is a long story.
    support for the NX-bit can be turned on or off on global way or on a program by program way.
    the option will be gray out if you don't have CPU support.



    OUTLOOK EXPRESS
    outlook express get a make over for security too, more work has been done to stop users from opening attachments that may do damage.



    IE

    IE gets popup blocking,better protecting from phishing attacks, also a way to see what activeX controls you have on the system and you can then disable any of them.

    OTHER STUFF

    Windows will now come with its own bluetooth stack, no more using thirdparty bluetooth support.

    60MB-80MB for users

    240MB-250Mb for the full download/CD

    SP2 will be installed be default on all systems by the end of the year.

    SP2 will NOT install on systems that are not legal MS versions.

    as well as all of this security stuff the service pack comes with about 1500 bug fixes.

    there is a lot of talk on the internet about how SP2 will break applications and network settings....

    all of the new security feture that will break things can be turned off on a program by program way.

    as with installing any service pack, BACKUP your system just to be safe. after installing service pack 2 you might have to list a program or two in either the firewall safe list or the DEP safe list, this should fix any issues you have with programs not working.

    many new security dialogs are to be seen all over the system and they all have lots of information so users can decied what to do, the default will be to go for more security when ever a question is asked.






    and now for all of the users that have read all the crap above......

    I have a copy of Office 2004 which was given to me on the day, i don't need it so who ever can give me the best "why give it to me..." post will get a copy of OFFICE 2004 pro

    anyone who posts flames is automatically out :-)



  2. #2
    R2x1
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    Default Re: I have some info about SP2

    >>the service pack comes with about 1500 bug fixes.

    This = 1.5 KBF perhaps?
    R2

  3. #3
    Berryb
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    Default Re: I have some info about SP2

    Can the firewall still be turned off if ya don't want it?

    Office 2004. "give it to me".

    My life is crap, my dog ran away, cat got run over, wife left me and took the kids, fish died (forgot to feed it), car blew up and all I have left is my computer. Office 2004 would give me something to do beside wollow in my own self pity. PLEASE

    Feal sorry for me yet!!

  4. #4
    Murray P
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    Default Re: I have some info about SP2

    No flames! bugger I, guess I'll have to keep chugging along with Office 97 or change to OO. Is it nice, can I have a tiny wee peek at it, just to see if it works, honest

    Cheers Murray ;P

  5. #5
    robsonde
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    Default Re: I have some info about SP2

    > Can the firewall still be turned off if ya don't want
    > it?
    >
    > My life is crap, my dog ran away, cat got run over,
    > wife left me and took the kids, fish died (forgot to


    can you turn off the MS firewall, yes, you can run your own or you be stupid and go online with no firewall.


    as for your life......
    I have no job, and my cat did run away (no kidding, i am a bit sad tonight :-( )
    I live in a small flat between the car theves and the drug dealers.


    I don't take pity on anyone!!







  6. #6
    robsonde
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    Default Re: I have some info about SP2

    > No flames! bugger I, guess I'll have to keep chugging
    > along with Office 97 or change to OO. Is it nice, can


    it is nice, but it needs windows XP to run, this is not a sujested thing, it will NOT run on anything less than XP.


  7. #7
    metla
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    Default Re: I have some info about SP2


    >>I have a copy of Office 2004 which was given to me on the day, i don't need it so who ever can give me the best "why give it to me..." post will get a copy of OFFICE 2004 pro

    Because as a struggling new business i can't afford to upgrade my current budget office suite.

    heh heh heh.

    Seriously.

  8. #8
    robsonde
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    Default Re: I have some info about SP2

    IMPORTANT!!!

    what i forgot to put in the main poat is that SP2 is still only at RC stage and should be used for testing only and might kill you system, for the avrage home user DONT install it yet.

    if you want to play with the latest toys and dont mind re-installing your system then you can download it and have a play.

    the "gold" version is expected in about 8 weeks but MS have not given a date yet.



  9. #9
    metla
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    Default Re: I have some info about SP2


    > Seriously.


    Not serious btw.


  10. #10
    metla
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    Default Re: I have some info about SP2

    >SP2 will NOT install on systems that are not legal MS versions.

    And thats just pure comedy,who are MS trying to kid?

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