Microsoft Windows Service Pack Addresses Security
Microsoft released the manufacturing Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) this week which provides Windows users with security enhancements as well as reliability and performance improvements. Service Pack 1 addresses additional core security issues by providing customers with a reduced attack surface, better protected system services with stronger default settings, and reduced privileges.
“With Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, our development team took the time to treat the root cause of many security issues, not just the symptoms. This service pack is very significant and should help address certain classes of exploits,” said Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Windows Server Division at Microsoft. “Service Pack 1 is a major component of our overall strategy to help keep customers as secure as possible. I encourage all of our Windows Server 2003 customers to deploy Service Pack 1.”.
Besides making security updates to make the Operating System more secure, they have also done some changes to some root core behaviors in the operating system that will potentially allow classes of exploits to be eliminated rather than just an individual one that had a patch. All these steps are planned to make the software less vulnerable to the security threats emerging from the Internet in the recent years. This service pack is also the first one from the company to have undergone rigorous screening and audit for potential security issues and other vulnerabilities via a process called Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative. This should ensure that the upgrade to this update should be trouble free for the massive user base of this network orientated Operating System.
Sushubh Mittal is the Technical Consultant to the Search Engine Journal and the Editor of TechWhack.