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Six security updates for Windows in July


Microsoft will be releasing another six updates for Windows this coming "patch" Tuesday, July 10, according to its advanced notification for the July 2007 security bulletin.

In it, Microsoft describes three of the six updates as critical, meaning they could result in remote code execution. They involve fixes for Microsoft Excel, Windows, and one for the .NET Framework respectively.

Of the remaining three updates, two are rated "important," affecting Publisher and Windows XP Professional. The final one affects Windows Vista and has the potential to result in information disclosure. Several other non-security related updates will also be released together.

Perhaps what struck me this time around is the fact that critical updates are still (needed) being released for Windows XP, which is -- by all means -- a very mature OS.

If going by the thinking that it is impossible to ever fix all the bugs and vulnerabilities in an OS, then logically it would be foolhardy to even use products for which the vendor has discontinued support.

Do any of you still use Win95 or Win98 at home or in the office? Why do you do so, and what kind of precautions do you take? Join the discussion.

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

15 comments
robin
robin

We have 4 Vista Ultimate Laptops, 5 Windows 2000, 30 Windows XP and three Windows 98 PCs/laptops in our company. Desperate to replace the 98 machines with XP PCs but two still use a DOS program that we still need for another 6 months!! The 98 PCs are connected to a well firewalled network and have an old Anti-virus Client which is still being updated by our central server! So reasonably well protected, I hope!!

paulmah
paulmah

Any of you still use Win95 or Win98 at home or in the office? Why do you do so and what kind of precautions do you take?

dan
dan

We use and old dos based accounting program on NT server. All of the other machines are XP. We have one Win98 machine to work as a print server, this is needed because XP is stripping the print font pitch change and printing reports in the printer default pitch. Once we figure out what's happening and fix it we'll replace it. Anybody have any ideas we'd appreciate them.

tom.potts
tom.potts

If you are still using versions of windows pre-windows XP, it may make more sense to switch to unbuntu linux or suse linux. At least you would have a secure operating system and tools (i.e. open office) that could do everything that pre-windows xp can do for common tasks and the tools would likely run on the older hardware probably as fast and the tools and operating system would still be supported. This is especially true if you are using the legacy windows OS's just to do simple things (i.e. word processing, spreadsheet, internet surfing, etc.).

mik3
mik3

I use the security hardening advice found in "Protect IE without SP2 ? part two" By Brian Livingston of the Windows Secrets Newsletter. I also use SpyBot S&D, SpyWare Blaster, AVG antivirus, Zonealarm 5.5.094 (because system resources won't handle newer version) custom HOSTS file to weed out bad websites, etc. I also use safe-surfing & Email habits. I only go to Trusted sites and my webmail sites. I also make regular Drive Images of my setup for easy restore if anything bad does happen. So far had no problems or got any malware, etc. Maybe black hats too busy with newer O/S's to bother with Win98 machines now. Still trying to scrape up enough money to buy a decent PC to run WinXP Pro. Kids & family get all my money. Oh well, Sigh!

JoannaSerah
JoannaSerah

I have many friends and clients (I do a lot of comp repair, soho net, etc) who still use 95/98/2000 computers. Mainly because they still run and they hate to give it up even though they might have newer computers in the house. Or they are just cheapskates. lol. Also, some peripherals work well on those Windows version that do not work (or at least, not without some arm-twisting) on XP/Vista (especially some scanners).

lensdoc
lensdoc

I have thousands of negs and transparencies and do desperately need a good scanner just to archive them. My budget is not very high and the thought that some may not work on my WinXP home setup is scary! Any suggestions?

mstevens
mstevens

I have an accounting app that won't run on WindowsXP. In fact until I moved it to a VM running under WindowsXP, it didn't run very well under Windows98, either. Now it runs great and hasn't blue screened since the move. However, moving the application to a VM was probably a mistake. Doing so has taken the heat off of getting accounting moved to a more modern version. Oh well, it works. Time to move on to the next fire.

lensdoc
lensdoc

Can VM ware be installed in a single hard drive only a single drive config? Sorry if this is out of place, but it would beat dual booting my WinXP with an older Win OS.

mstevens
mstevens

I use Virtual PC from http://www.vmware.com/ I will be attempting a configuration similar to what you may be describing. I'll post a link on success.

Astromusicman
Astromusicman

Yep, I do. I still have a small number of Windows 98 machines running at home, probably only 2 of them. They are mainly running older "specialized" legacy software that will not run under Windows 2000 or XP, let alone try to run it on Vista. The machines all sit behind a firewall and are not used for Internet access. Most of the time they are turned off and only turned on when the application is needed. This is the only way I'd use them considering the age of the OS.

asgr86
asgr86

why not use the compatability option in windows XP for "specialized" legacy software

Astromusicman
Astromusicman

I tried that, but for whatever reason it wouldn't work. It was just easier to turn on the old 98 machine every few weeks.

richardroles
richardroles

I have several friends that still use win 95 and win 98. The preference for win95 is that there are little to none virusus out there any more that hackers would not even bother with cracking 95. They are more intrested in busting XP or Vista (which should not be dificult, with MS's track record with "Patches" ever week since XP). MicroSoft needs to Spend more time with the "Q/A" Dept to say hey man think like a hacker! what would you do to bust th esoftware. Then maby, just maby they will get something that will work out of the box and not have to interupt peoples day with "Installing Updates!", Please Reboot! Ugh.

drrobert
drrobert

I have one box on my desk running Windows 98. At least it has a decent DOS command interpreter. I still need to use and access tons of xBase tables and have a number of apps compiled with Clipper. This machine hosts my voice mail and I use it to run the dBASE interpreter. I have not re-booted this box in months. -- Robert

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