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CNET News.com: Microsoft patches Windows 2000 security hole

Jan 30, 2000, 23:46 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephanie Miles)

"Microsoft achieved a dubious milestone this week, releasing the first security patch for its Windows 2000 operating system, despite the fact that the OS is still a few weeks away from its official release.

The software giant this week released the security patch for two problems affecting the Microsoft Index Server, a file search engine included with Windows 2000, as well as Windows NT and Internet Information Server. Windows 2000 is the company's new corporate operating system, designed to run computers for large companies, Web sites and e-commerce services."

" 'For Windows 2000 users, of course, this patch is somewhat interesting, if only because it is the first update to the new operating system,' wrote Paul Thurrott, in his WinInfo email newsletter. 'It's also extremely disappointing from an administrative standpoint...because the patch requires you to reboot the machine once it's installed. One of the primary selling points of Windows 2000 is that it requires far fewer reboots than Windows NT 4.0.' "

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