p2pnet.net News :- Microsoft has released a major security update for Windows Server 2003.
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 goes beyond hot fixes, security patches and critical updates by addressing core security issues, promise Bill and the Boyz.
“It is designed to effectively reduce the attack surface of Windows Server 2003, protect system services with stronger default settings and reduce server privileges,” it states. “Service Pack 1 includes the latest Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 enhancements, adding new features that augment security, as well as increase reliability and performance.”
The new Security Configuration Wizard “reduces the attack surface” by querying users about the role their servers fill, and then stops all services and blocks ports that aren’t needed, says the company.
Post-Setup Security Updates (PSSU), “protects servers when they are most vulnerable – the time between their installation and application of the latest security updates – by blocking all inbound connections to the server until security updates have been installed”.
Windows Firewall, “a significant feature that Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 shares with Windows XP Service Pack 2,” enables network-wide control through Group Policy and serves as a host firewall around each client and server computer.
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Microsoft - Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, March 30, 2005