MicroSoft has released a patch for a bug in XP SP2 systems where in some instances the firewall will consider the entire Internet as part of an internal network, and trust it as such. The patch was released quietly without the fanfare of normal releases. The flaw effects XP Home Edition SP2, XP Pro SP2, XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 and XP Media Center Edition SP2. And these guys really want people to buy security products from them?
In other news, they have bought an anti-spyware company called Giant, and there are rumours that they will soon release an enterprise class anti-spyware and anti-virus product. The question remains though, will companies buy protection from the company that makes the software that requires such protection in the first place? After all, let’s face it, Microsoft doesn’t have a particularly good security reputation.