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Microsoft Sending Security Patches on a CD

In a bid to target a security hurdle rampant with dial-up Internet users, Microsoft has rolled out a security update CD giveaway for users of Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows 98, and Windows 98 Second Edition (SE). The Windows Security Update CD will ship with all of its “critical” patches released by the software giant through October 2003 and free anti-virus and firewall trial software. The launch of a CD giveaway with security patches is part of Microsoft’s attempts reach an elusive target: home users on dial-up Internet connections. In the past, narrowband home users have been unable to download and install security patches because of bandwidth limitations. In a recent interview, Microsoft security program manager Christopher Budd told internetnews.com that the file size and complicated nature of security patches were a “definite hurdle” for dial-up users. “It’s an intractable engineering problem.” Full Story

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