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[ISN] Security Rollup Planned for Windows XP
Forwarded from: Marjorie Simmons <lawyer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
By David Worthington and Nate Mook,
September 13th, 2003
Microsoft is hurrying to produce a post Service Pack 1 security rollup
package for Windows XP, reversing its August decision to rely solely
on Windows Update to deliver individual patches.
Since it came to light that Windows XP SP2 was delayed until at least
mid-2004, pressure has mounted for Redmond to tend to customers
without high bandwidth connections.
BetaNews has learned that in response, Microsoft has tasked beta
testers with evaluating the detection and installation of a package
that installs multiple patches simultaneously, collectively called a
The pre-SP2 rollup, which incorporates 22 previously released updates,
is due to be released to manufacturing on September 24. It will be
available for both pre-SP1 and post-SP1 installations of Windows XP --
effectively superseding SP1b.
Microsoft would not confirm the rollup beta test, but acknowledged the
company was considering its options. "In an effort to make updating
easier and more convenient for all of our customers, we are
investigating multiple options for distributing updates," a Microsoft
spokesperson told BetaNews. "We will have more details at a later
Although Microsoft was sending mixed signals regarding its intentions
to update Windows XP prior to the date outlined on its product
lifecycle Web site, this impending rollup release marks a reversal of
In an August chat session regarding the Blaster Internet worm,
Microsoft product manager John Hazen said, "We do not currently have
plans to create a Security Rollup Package for Windows XP, but are
exploring ways to make these fixes more readily available and easier
to install together."
The company dignified its decision by stating that Windows Update has
worked out so well that more and more customers are retrieving updates
"real time," rather than waiting it out for the release of a
full-fledged service pack.
In addition, the unexpected delay of Service Pack 2 has led many
Microsoft insiders to speculate that new features are in store for
Windows aside from the usual assortment of updates.
These critical and security fixes are required for all new PCs which
currently ship out of the box with SP1b installed. All in all, the
updates weight in at a hefty 30 megabytes. Microsoft would not say
whether or not the rollup would ship to OEMs.
Rumor and speculation has pointed to the ongoing PC Satisfaction trial
as a likely candidate for inclusion into the operating system;
although nothing concrete has emerged to confirm suspicions.
PC Satisfaction includes services that dwell beyond the customary
boundaries of Microsoft's usual product offerings. Anti-virus
scanning, a self updating firewall, and programmatic backups are all
features of the trial.
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