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Are Win2k Prof users going to be at risk when support ends?


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#1 MaryBet82

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 10:28 AM

When MS stops supporting win2k in July, are we going to be at risk w/out the security updates?
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Posted 18 June 2010 - 07:24 PM

Very likely, yes. Many vulnerabilities for Windows span more than one version of the OS. For example, just this month a critical vulnerability was found to affect the Windows Help system and Windows 2000 was among the vulnerable versions.

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 10:31 AM

Thanks Andrew
That's what I was afraid of. Was the link above the one you intended? It lists win2k sp4 as non-affected. That was the first time I heard of the hcp protocol.

With all the security patches over the years I was hoping it might be harder to find vulnerabilities and the bad guys might not be motivated w/ less and less win2k computers being used. W/ win2k similarities to winxp and its close relationship to IE w/ all its vulnerabilities I figured that was unlikely.
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WinXP sp2 on Dell 380 w/ 512 MB RAM- currently dead in the water
WinXP tab ed sp 3 on Thinkpad X41 w/ 1.5 GB RAM - lemony flavored
Win2K Sp4 on Sony VAIO GXR600 w/ 512 MB RAM - currently blue screening

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 06:12 PM

Ummm, you're right. It doesn't affect Windows 2000.

Hmmmm *rumage* aha! Here's one: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/...n/ms10-041.mspx

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 10:36 AM

Oh yeah. The .NET framework is probably going to require regular updates. And Windows Media Player and Direct X. I've got something called CAPICOM which I looked up what is and then forgot that has required an update.

So even if the bad guys aren't motivated to exploit win2k itself, .NET & IE & etc. will keep it vulnerable but we won't get the updates. Darn.
mac 10.6 on macbook pro
WinXP sp2 on Dell 380 w/ 512 MB RAM- currently dead in the water
WinXP tab ed sp 3 on Thinkpad X41 w/ 1.5 GB RAM - lemony flavored
Win2K Sp4 on Sony VAIO GXR600 w/ 512 MB RAM - currently blue screening




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