SP2 fights worms, has bugs

Tuesday, 14 September 2004, 2:34 AM EST

To take a typical example of why some software isn't compatible with Service Pack 2, Jon Murchinson, a product manager for Windows, brought up ActiveX, software designed to let Web pages run programs inside browser windows. Cool feature, but hackers have figured out how to use that code as a doorway into people's computers to muck around with their machines.

That's why Service Pack 2 turns ActiveX off, though without it, Yahoo Instant Messenger -- a popular program used by millions of people -- doesn't work. Users who want to use such programs can turn ActiveX back on again; folks who don't have ActiveX-using programs won't miss it.

By Mike Musgrove at SecurityFocus.

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