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Microsoft has taken flak on its slow response to the security flaw announced in Security Advisory 912840 at
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/912840.mspx

See, for example, Brian Krebs' analysis of Microsoft's announced delay for patching a security vulnerability
http://blogs.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2006/01/microsoft_to_pa.html

and his discussion of your options for the flaw
http://blogs.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2006/01/patch_or_pay.html

Like others, he found out about the existence of Microsoft's OneCare Live beta in researching his options, which include a third-party patch. In the meantime, you may want to download OneCare from
http://www.windowsonecare.com/prodinfo/Default.aspx
and/or read entries in the OneCare blog
http://spaces.msn.com/members/windowsonecare/Blog/cns!1pQ6RHt_XhHrWBI7crR6cZtw!478.entry#comment

1/6/05 update: Microsoft released the patch late yesterday, so please be sure to get it from http://update.microsoft.com/. Also, stay tuned for two more critical patches due next Tuesday.

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