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Microsoft patch problems continue

by Nikola Strahija on October 24th, 2005 For two weeks now Windows users are experiencing problems with Microsoft's latest security bundle. A problem with a critical patch relating to Microsoft's DirectShow streaming media software is leaving some Windows 2000 users unprotected, even after they've installed a patch.

Windows 2000 users who have installed Microsoft DirectX version 8.0 or 9.0 may not have actually fixed their software by installing Microsoft Security Update MS05-050, Microsoft said in a statement on its website.

The patch was released on 11 October as part of the company's monthly security fixes. It addresses a problem in DirectShow that could allow an attacker to seize control of an unpatched system. The attacker would first need to trick a user into visiting a Web page with maliciously coded Web content in order for this to happen, Microsoft said.

Only a "limited" number of customers have been affected by this problem, and customers who received Update MS05-050 automatically or correctly followed the steps in Microsoft's security bulletin will not be affected, Microsoft claimed.

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