Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 14 Sept. 2002, Vol 5 No. 37

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w   Windows XP Service Pack 1 Released
w   Microsoft Security Bulletin
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia

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Windows XP Service Pack 1 Released

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows XP This week, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1). SP1 includes all of the security patches currently available via Windows Update. It also contains all updates resulting from the Windows code review conducted earlier this year as part of the Trustworthy Computing initiative.

You can find the Release Notes for SP1 on the Microsoft Knowledge Base site. This article also contains links to a Categorized List of Fixes in Service Pack 1. The ReadMe and FAQ are also useful documents to check before you install SP1.

There are two ways to get SP1. You can download it directly from Microsoft, or you can order the SP1 CD (USA/CAN only). International customers can obtain the CD through their local Microsoft subsidiary .

SP1 is available as an Express or Network Installation. The Express installation detects your system components and installs only those updates that are necessary for your computer. As a result, the number of files installed and the time required may be less for computers that already have Windows XP hotfixes installed. This method is recommended for customers who want to reduce their download time. This is for single computer installation only. If you want to install on more than one machine, choose the Network Installation.

According to Microsoft, using the Express Installation on a typical Windows XP machine will be around 30 MB. The full SP1 Network Installation is 133.94 MB (or 199.56 MB for the 64-bit version). The Network installation includes all of the SP1 files needed for installation on Windows XP Home Edition, Professional or 64-Bit Edition. This is an ideal download mechanism for IT professionals who require a downloadable copy of SP1 that they can use for network deployment.

For more information on Slipstreaming SP1 in a current Windows XP install share see: Slipstreaming SP1 and Create Bootable CD.


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Microsoft Security

Uplddrvinfo.htm Contains JScript Code That Might Permit a Malicious User to Delete Files

This time Microsoft decided not(?) to release an official security bulletin, instead they posted an article in the Knowledge Base.... One wonders why....

According to the article, there is a security vulnerability in the JScript code in the Uplddrvinfo.htm file that might permit an attacker to delete files on your computer by using the hcp:// pluggable protocol to load the Uplddrvinfo.htm file.

Some more info, and an example can be found in this WindowsBBS posting.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows XP

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    Shaking Dialog Boxes - Windows XP
    Windows encountered registry error - Windows 98
    Firewall - Applications
    Toolbar is gone! - Internet Explorer
    128MB enough for XP? - Windows XP

    Web Site Updates

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    Added: Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1

    Windows XP
    Added: Slipstreaming Windows XP Service Pack 1 and Create Bootable CD
    Added: Microsoft Releases Windows XP Service Pack 1

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    Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1

    On the heals of Windows XP SP1, Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for Internet Explorer 6. SP1 is a collection of updates that fixes issues with IE6. Besides the bug fixes and security updates, there doesn't appear to be anything exiting in this update.

    This update is part of Windows XP SP1, so Windows XP users who have downloaded (or plan on downloading) SP1 don't need to get this IE6 Service Pack.

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    Slipstreaming Windows XP Service Pack 1 and Create Bootable CD

    Slipstreaming a Service Pack, is the process to integrate the Service Pack into the installation so that with every new installation the Operating System and Service Pack are installed at the same time. Slipstreaming is usually done on network shares on corporate systems. But with the advent of CD burners, it does actually make some sense for the home user or small business user to do the same.

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