UPDATE: Windows 2000 Bug Already Patched, Microsoft Says
The vulnerability being warned about by Symantec is fixed by MS05-011, a security update released almost 16 months ago, Microsoft says.
A vulnerability in Windows 2000's file sharing protocol that Symantec rang the alarm on Thursday morning is actually not a new bug, but is a flaw patched more than a year ago, Microsoft claimed later in the day.
Early Thursday, Symantec warned its enterprise customers of a coming exploit of a "zero-day," or unpatched, vulnerability in Windows 2000's SMB (Server Message Block) protocol. Symantec based its warning on a posting to the Dailydave security mailing list, where Immunity Security, the makers of the CANVAS exploit-creation platform, said that it would release details of the exploit next month.
"Immunity is considered to be a reliable source and we are of the opinion that this information should be treated as fact," read Symantec's warning.
"What is new is that someone reportedly has found a different way to exploit the vulnerability. But if you have the update, you're protected," added Toulouse.
Windows 2000 was been patched several times against SMB bugs, including the February 2005 fix of MS05-011 and another in June of that year.
Symantec's gaffe was its second embarrassment of the day. Also on Thursday, eEye Digital Security warned that Symantec's Anti-Virus Corporate Edition 10.0, as well as some of its consumer-grade anti-virus software, could be compromised remotely by a worm without any user interaction.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.