Home > slashdot > Microsoft Refuses To Patch Rootkit-Compromised XP Machines

Microsoft Refuses To Patch Rootkit-Compromised XP Machines

April 15th, 2010 04:48 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Barence writes “Microsoft has revealed that its latest round of patches won’t install on XP machines if they’re infected with a rootkit. In February, a security patch left some XP users complaining of endless reboots and Blue Screens of Death. An investigation followed and Microsoft discovered the problems occurred on machines infected with the Alureon rootkit, which interacted badly with patch KB977165 for the Windows kernel. Now Microsoft is blocking PCs with the rootkit from receiving its new patches. ‘This security update includes package-detection logic that prevents the installation of the security update if certain abnormal conditions exist on 32-bit systems,’ Microsoft cautions in the patch notes.”

Source: Microsoft Refuses To Patch Rootkit-Compromised XP Machines

Related Articles:

  1. Microsoft Confirms Update-Linked BSODs Required Compromised Machines
  2. Rootkit May Be Behind Windows Blue Screen
  3. Windows XP PCs Breed Rootkit Infections
  4. Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows
  5. Microsoft Releases Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs
blog comments powered by Disqus