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That's right. IE 7 will be able to be implemented through Automatic Updates as a Critical patch, planned for later this year. Presumably, this also means WSUS will get this. I'm curious about how SMS 2003's ITMU will address this. At this time, XP SP2 is the target for desktop -- no plans for W2K SP4 or XP SP1. Vista will have this bulit in would be my guess. On the server side, it's Windwos Server 2003 SP1, again with no plans for W2K or Windows Server 2003 RTM. Presumably, Longhorn will have this built in.

From TFA:
We are also providing a Blocker Toolkit for our enterprise customers who may want to block automatic delivery of IE7 in their organizations; this blocker has no expiration date. Enterprise customers can download the free Blocker Toolkit from the Microsoft Download Center today. We’ve also made additional information for IT administrators available at the Windows Update/Microsoft Update site on TechNet.

Further, regarding the Blocker Toolkit, from the download site:
Organizations do not need to deploy the Blocker Toolkit in environments managed with an update management solution such as Windows Server Update Services or Systems Management Server 2003. Organizations can use those products to fully manage deployment of updates released through Windows Update and Microsoft Update, including Internet Explorer 7, within their environment.



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Jul. 26th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
That's going to be one *big* patch.
Jul. 26th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
The current IE 7 Beta 3 for XP SP2 is 12.5 MB, which makes it smaller than most service packs (OS and Office) that I've seen. However, I don't know if that is the full-file version or not.
Jul. 26th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)

go to google and type in dee snider and look at the 2 pictures that come up (not under google images, just plain ole' google)

Jul. 26th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
You know, you never see the two of them at the same time...
Jul. 26th, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC)
Jul. 27th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
OMFG that's funny
Jul. 27th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
hehehe see what rialtus started? In a few years when word gets out that Dee/SJP are actually the SAME PERSON we can point to THIS POST and say that we knew it first.

Bookmark it to memories, rialtus!
Jul. 27th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
I blame XM for playing it.

Right now -- Rock-A-Hula Baby by Elvis Presley. Yeah, baby!
Jul. 27th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah. They are so abusing the title of "critical update".
Jul. 27th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
Their arguement:
During the past year, we’ve discussed many of the advanced security features in IE7 that will help make our users more secure, including ActiveX Opt-in, the Phishing Filter and Fix My Settings features. These are just some of the security enhancements we’ve designed to help protect users from malicious software and fraudulent websites, and Microsoft recommends that all genuine Windows customers install IE7.

My argument:
So that's the only way you could figure out how to force people to download this, huh?
Jul. 27th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
My argument - are you (M$) saying that IE 6 sucks donkey tits and should have never been released? And aren't all the security "features" mostly holes in Windows?

If the stack mechanism for calling routines and allocating variables had not caught on, the number of buffer overruns would be about 99% less. There was a discussion not too long ago on IBMVM-L (z/VM mailing list) about buffer overruns, and in the TCP/IP stack (written mostly in Pascal in the late 1980's (long story)) there was a whopping 16 total buffer overrun bugs, all fixed by 1993, and never exploited.

Data should not be allocated in a stack. Period. Thank you Intel and K&R.
Jul. 27th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
Whoa. A little bitter there, huh? ;)
Jul. 27th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
Those that forget history are condemned to repeat it. Or something like that. :-)

I just hate to see how people missed design flaws. Or just didn't test properly. It's pretty easy to detect buffer overflows in a stack environment in testing - just type in a lot of characters and if you get a WAB, duh.

I forgot to mention that the Pascal stuff uses standard IBM VM storage management - no stack, no data on stack.
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