SP2 - Redmond's salvation
At long last, Service Pack 2 for XP has arrived. Like many in the security community, I'm excited about this, as it represents real, true progress for Microsoft and their commitment to security. This is not just a Service Pack -- it really includes functionality, usability, and core changes in the underlying code extensive enough to be called "XP2." In fact, I think I'll just call it that from here on out.
In addition to code changes, XP2 also represents a tangible shift in the way Microsoft is embracing security: they are putting security concerns before functionality, and in some cases, this will actually break existing applications. Though it will make some developers out there continue to work overtime, this too is a very, very good thing.
By Tim Mullen at SecurityFocus.
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