Security makeover for ICF, Windows Server 2003

Wednesday, 26 November 2003, 11:29 AM EST

Under its new 'secure the perimeter' initiative, Microsoft plans to introduce a major tweak to the way Windows Server 2003 connects to remote systems and a makeover to the Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) integrated into Windows XP.

The new safeguards will be added to the first Service Pack for Windows Server 2003 to block remote connections until a thorough inspection for infections can be performed, internetnews.com has learned.

The Service Pack is scheduled for release in the second half of 2004.

A Microsoft spokesperson said SP1 for Windows Server 2003 will include technologies to enable remote access connection client inspection and intranet client inspection to protect corporate networks from potential infections introduced by mobile systems.

The release date for Windows Server 2003 SP1 has also been pushed back to add security technologies outlined by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in October.

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