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Wed, Nov 24, 1999
SP6a now available
This issue of W2Knews contains:
If you have not deployed SP6 yet, well here comes SP6a! This
is quite unsual, a whole new version of a Service Pack. Normally
this gets resolved with hotfixes but this time around it was
apparently required to come out with a new version. Perhaps
some one from MS will tell me how come.
You can deploy this two separate ways, depending on the choice
if you want the additional so called 'randomness' in TCP ISNs.
This increases TPC security somewhat but is not a 'must'.
(Nutshell: ISN's are Initial Sequence Numbers that are used
to create a sequenced order in TCP/IP packets).
1: Deploy SP6a just by itself. That does _not_ get you the
additional randomness but the benefit is that you do not
have to apply hotfixes. But do not apply the current TCP-ISN
fix onto SP6a because that will get you back to the Winsock
bug! There will be an updated version of that hotfix later
that you _can_ use on SP6a.
2. You can also do the following: Take SP6, apply the old
TCP-ISN fix and the AFD fix. That will get you the increased
randomness in the TCP ISN's, and solves the problem too.
Oh yeah, Windows 2000 Release Candidate 3 actually became
available last Thursday so it's out there now. Looks like
they are on schedule. Actually we got some VERY good results
back on the survey we did last week regarding Win2K Pro
reliability. Looks like that one is rocksolid and 'in the
bag'. MS has a winner with that one.
Let's see if the Win2K server versions are as good. I'm getting
positive feedback so we may be looking here at the very first
version of Windows where MS has really gotten it right.
That's all for this newsflash,
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