microsoft to turn off windows messenger.

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    October 29, 2003

    Microsoft To Switch Off Spam-Plagued Windows Messenger



    By TechWeb News

    Microsoft said Tuesday that it would turn off the spam- and vulnerability-plagued Windows Messenger Service in the next update to Windows XP.

    Not to be confused with the instant messaging service with a similar name, Windows Messenger Service is used primarily by enterprises to send pop-up text messages to alert users of such events as impending server shutdowns.

    Service Pack 2 for Windows XP, which is expected by the middle of 2004, will turn off the service by default. Current editions of Windows XP have it enabled.

    Windows Messenger Service has been exploited by spammers, and security vulnerabilities that can be exploited by attackers have been recently noted by Microsoft. Several security analysts have, in fact, urged home and small business users who don't need the service to turn it off to prevent attacks.

    Over the past two weeks America Online has also taken the unusual step of disabling the service for its subscribers.
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    Seems to me like that woulda been a good candidate for "default off" to begin with but ah well... Seems like a nice idea to me.
     
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    You have to admit no one ever acussed m-soft of having any forsight. :cool:
     
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