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Microsoft prepares post-Flame Windows Update changes
Posted on Jun 14 2012 05:05 AM by xper in Security

Microsoft will start feeding users an update to the critical Windows Update service in the next few days, several security experts said today.

Windows Update (WU) provides security patches and other fixes to Windows PCs. The service is accessed directly by consumers, and through the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) component by enterprises.

The update was triggered by the discovery that Flame, a sophisticated, nation state-grade cyber espionage tool, had subverted WU to infect additional PCs within an already-penetrated network.

The team behind Flame, which shared code with the makers of the even-better-known Stuxnet worm that sabotaged Iran's nuclear program, pulled off that first-of-its-kind hack by stealing digital certificates from Microsoft.

A week ago, Microsoft announced it would issue an update to WU to prevent copy-cats from duplicating Flame's feat. At the time, it said it would begin serving that update before the end of the week.

Microsoft did, in fact, push the update to some users last week, although it limited the scope of that audience, said researchers.

"It's done and tested, and as we understand it, has been offered to some users," said Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer at Qualys, in an interview.

Jason Miller, manager of research and development at VMware, said that he had heard from users who had received the new Windows Update client, and like Kandek, said Microsoft would unthrottle the update - in other words, begin pushing it to all, or at least more, users - "in a few days."

Full story: TechWorld

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the new Windows Update Agent to fix those "Flame" malware problems should be version 7.6.7600.256 as noted in MS KB article 949104:

around the time I make this comment, Microsoft should make the update to Windows Update more widely available to many Windows users after they only made it available to a select few. :rolleyes: