Arashtamere sends in a Computerworld story on a security flaw in the Windows 2000 pseudo-random number generator published by Israeli researchers earlier this month. Microsoft has now admitted that the flaw is present in XP too. Microsoft denies that the bug is a security vulnerability, since an attacker would have to have gained administrative access to a system before exploiting it. (The Israeli researchers point out that many common exploits provide admin access.) This stance apparently lets them off the hook for patching Win2K, which is in "extended support" mode, though it powers about 9% of US and EU business computers. Microsoft said that XP SP3, due in the first half of next year, will fix the bug. The company said that Vista, Windows Server 2003 SP2, and the new Windows Server 2008 are not vulnerable.
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