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Final Windows 2000 Update

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the putting-her-out-to-pasture dept.

Windows 385

Ant writes "An article on eWeek discusses Microsofts plans to ship a Windows 2000 Update Rollup, the final security patch for the 5-year-old operating system. The Update Rollup, which replaces Windows 2000 SP5 (Service Pack 5), is a cumulative set of hot fixes, security patches and critical updates packaged together for easy deployment. The Update Rollup will contain all security-related updates produced for Windows 2000 between the time SP4 was released and the date the update ships. It will also feature a small number of important, non-security updates. The Update Rollup comes just one month before mainstream support for Windows 2000 client and server releases expires on June 30."

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No IE7! (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12718839)

No IE7. What will this mean? For a start, web masters everywhere will be forced to support IE6's crappy CSS for ages. They even refuse to port back the rendering fixes to MSHTML.dll. Look on the IEBlog [] . Bruce Morgan, arrogant slimeball that he is, first censors a perfectly valid comment just because he admitted that Win2K has hundreds of buffer overflows and integer overflows that were fixed in XP SP2. (And doesn't answer why they aren't patching the overflows). He then goes on to say:
"browser feature set of IE6, browser platform of IE6, rendering engine of IE7" seems like it appeals to no one. You wouldn't get end user adoption because that's not driven by HTML rendering abilities. You wouldn't get much corporate adoption because such a hybrid would risk breaking existing apps for (again) little end user goodness.
Note how he doesn't mention webdevs once. What happened to ballmer and 'Developers developers developers developers'? And he makes it sound like home users actually have a choice! If MS wanted to make the internet a better place then they are morally bound to do this. Prats like Morgan mean that they won't. Yes, people can download Firefox but not everyone will - there will be enough people using IE6 on 2K to be painful to webmasters everywhere.

Why not go over there and tell them how you feel? This [] is the post in question, this [] is the direct link to leave a comment which they've deliberately made subtle.

Re:No IE7! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12718869)

Maybe, just maybe people will start making their websites say "Your browser is out of date - upgrade to FireFox (or IE7 if you are running XP or above).

Re:No IE7! (4, Insightful)

creimer (824291) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718922)

For a start, web masters everywhere will be forced to support IE6's crappy CSS for ages.

The only webmasters who might be incline to support IE6 forever would be business application developers for the intranet. Otherwise, webmasters should design web pages with open standards in mind. When users start having a lousy web experience because they are running an older browser, they will either upgrade the operating system and/or switch browsers. Then again, there's always a small minority of users who will blame the webmaster instead of the browser for their lousy web experience. Go figure.

Re:No IE7! (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718993)

Actually, that will be a large majority of users, and that's been the problem all along. Microsoft is perfectly happy to have the bulk of IE users pointing various fingers at Web designers and not at their own software.

Re:No IE7! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12719121)

Which is why we need to step out of our caves and destroy anti-open-standard M$ once and for all! Who's with me?

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Re:No IE7! (5, Insightful)

binary paladin (684759) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719156)

I think you overestimate Win2k's usage. Not only that, but the kinds of people who use Win2k. Remember that while XP is based off the NT setup it was also the first to be marketed toward home users.

Yes, Win2k is NT and yes it supports DirectX but it was never marketed toward home users. The people using Win2k are professionals, nerds, techies, server admins, etc. These are the same kinds of people that keep their software up to date and are at least a little bit security conscious. The kind of people who still cling on to 2k aren't part of the senseless mob that generally uses IE in the first place.

You're right, not EVERYONE will download Firefox. Not EVERYONE has stopped using older versions of IE (still a good sized handful of people using 5 out there). Not EVERYONE has stopped using fucking Netscape 4.x either.

What changes is that when IE 7 comes out, there is an expectation that things won't work in IE 6 anymore and that expectation wasn't there before. Honestly, the worst thing this will do is force some 2k users to switch to something besides IE.

The only real downside is that webdevs like me who use Win2k for IE testing are going to have to get XP now too. Teh suck. Gotta make sure it works in IE 7 too. Bleh.

First Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12718841)

You're all fucking shit. I got first post.

Re:First Post (0, Offtopic)

Agent0013 (828350) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718907)

You're all fucking shit. I got first post.

Then again, maybe you didn't.

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GET THE FACTS! (850779) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718927)

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We are winning! We are WINNING!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12718852)

Now all we have to do is to get Bill to admit that XP and 2003 are dead too, and the war will be over. Sarge install party, anyone?

Re:We are winning! We are WINNING!! (1)

DaHat (247651) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718898)

They will do that too one day... but only after Longhorn and others have been released to take their places.

Definition of a dork (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12718899)

Dork (dôrk)
1. Slang. A stupid, inept, or foolish person: "the stupid antics of America's favorite teen-age cartoon dorks" (Joshua Mooney).
2. Vulgar Slang. The penis.

3. Anyone who mixes Operating Systems installations and parties.

It's a shame... (5, Insightful)

Tuxedo Jack (648130) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718853)

This was easily the best operating system MS ever made; easy-to-use, stable, and could run any app written for Windows/WinNT/16-bit Windows.

They should have supported it longer.

Re:It's a shame... (2, Funny)

Husgaard (858362) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718912)

Nah, MS-DOS 1.0 was the best operating system they ever made. Since then it just got worse and worse ;-)

Just look at the security: I don't see any outstanding security bulletins on MS-DOS 1.0. How many MS-DOS 1.0 PCs have viruses, and how many are 0wned by zombie networks?

Re:It's a shame... (4, Interesting)

shanen (462549) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719015)

Ah, but they did not make DOS 1. They bought it from some local guy.

Having said that, I, too, regard W2K as the best OS Microsoft has produced to date. However, they have a marketing cycle that, in the absence of real competition, requires that they produce a couple of years of garbage so that at some point they'll produce a good one they can really market. W95 was like that, and W2K. I'm doubtful that Longhorn is the real one, actually. I think they're still retrenching and they won't actually need another good product until around 2009. Then again, maybe Longhorn will be delayed that long...

I still think Word XP is still a deeply offensive product compared to Word 2000...

And this is why it had to die (4, Insightful)

team99parody (880782) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718916)

It's the biggest thread to Longhorn sales in existance.

With Win2K's death I don't think Microsoft has much to worry about regarding Longhorn being not successful anymore. XP & 2003 are pains to use as a server.

Perhaps Longhorn *IS* Win 2000 (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12719023)

New theory - You all noticed how all the features are slipping out of Longhorn - no .NET2, no WinFS, no Avalon, no ngscb [] new security improvemnts.

Longhorn changes we do know about seem more desktop related than server - like UI changes (red instead of blue screens of death) or human-frendlyness changes (like acknowledging that it's no longer "My Computer" since they want to control it).

Yet Microsoft claims it's better for servers, more secure, etc. than XP.

This leaves me with only one possible conclusion. Microsoft already has a better-than-XP-for-servers OS in house, and that's Win2000. I bet the real longhorn strategy is to simply rebrand Win2000, but surely they can't do that while W2K is still supported or people would notice. By ending support now we'll all forget how great Win2K was by the Longhorn ship date in 2009.

Re:Perhaps Longhorn *IS* Win 2000 (1)

Tim C (15259) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719182)

Microsoft already has a better-than-XP-for-servers OS in house, and that's Win2000.

If you'd said Win2000 Server, I'd have agreed with you absolutely.

Let me repeat it for the hard of understanding here - XP is not a server OS. Yes, you can use it as such, but you'd be a fool. If you want to run a Windows server, use a Windows Server OS. 2003 if you care about continued bug fixes and support, 2000 otherwise.

But for the love of $deity, if you use a designed-for-desktop OS on a server, don't come whining to me when it doesn't work properly.

Re:And this is why it had to die (1)

davidstrauss (544062) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719027)

XP & 2003 are pains to use as a server.

Well, you wouldn't use XP for a server, and I don't see how 2003 is harder to admin for any bad reason. Most of the hurdles in 2003 are legitimately for security.

Re:And this is why it had to die (1)

RapmasterT (787426) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719049)

It's the biggest thread to Longhorn sales in existance.
With Win2K's death I don't think Microsoft has much to worry about regarding Longhorn being not successful anymore. XP & 2003 are pains to use as a server.

Really? I'd think the fact that Longhorn isn't available yet would be the biggest threat to it's sales numbers.

Re:It's a shame... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12718934)

you are a cocksucker!!!

Re:It's a shame... (1)

merreborn (853723) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718936)

Compatibilty was actually pretty poor in windows 2000. As such, every box I have has both windows 98 and 2k installed. Anything 2k won't run, 98 will.

Farewell, old warhorse... (1)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718942)

2K is easily the high-water mark of MS operating systems. They get my copy when they pry it from my cold dead hands.

For those who want to see 2K or NT4 open-sourced: it will happen when Hell freezes over AND the Sun goes supernova. XP is basically 2K with lots and lots of eye-candy garbaggio layered on top of it. And 2K is NT4 with a lot of stability tweaks and Plug and Play. A good deal of NT-line DNA is still in Longhorn, from all reports.

It's too bad that VMWare is so bloody expensive. I would feel more secure running 2K as a Client OS in VMWare with Linux as the Host OS. Probably after MS stops supporting 2K it will be the only safe way to do it.

It's MacOS X and Linux for me now...good night, sweet prince of an OS...

Re:Farewell, old warhorse... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12719058)

Using Windows 2000 under VMWare is a good idea.
Where's a good place to buy Windows 2000 cheaply?

Re:Farewell, old warhorse... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12719143)

I hear you can get it cheap there...

just what i hear...

Re:Farewell, old warhorse... (1)

tekiegreg (674773) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719163)

AND the Sun goes supernova

Well I knew Sun was having business problems, but I hope going supernova doesn't happen. I mean being in the same solar system as Sun Microsystems could be a real problem if they go supernova...EVERYBODY RUN!!!!

Re:Farewell, old warhorse... (1)

TehHustler (709893) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719191)

And 2K is NT4 with a lot of stability tweaks and Plug and Play.

Active Directory is a tweak?

Re:It's a shame... (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719048)

And very clean and fast. None of the annoying bells and whistles like in XP. I was sad to use XP instead of 2000 at work for production office machines. :(

Re:It's a shame... (1)

msgregory@earthlink. (98641) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719108)

This was easily the best operating system MS ever made

Easily the best product they ever made, being the one with the fewest unnecessary features.

W2K (4, Insightful)

orangeguru (411012) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718854)

Is that the final nail? I am still working with W2K - and I see no reason to upgrade.

Re:W2K (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12718887)

Afraid so. One nasty security flaw, and upgrading W2K could be essential on a production system. Looks like Windows security problems don't do MS any harm at all (fastens tin-foil hat).

Re:W2K (1)

Eric604 (798298) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719003)

One nasty security flaw, and upgrading W2K could be essential on a production system. Looks like Windows security problems don't do MS any harm at all (fastens tin-foil hat)

Hmmm interesting concept. I wouldn't be suprised if that has been their plan all along.

Mod Parent UP! (1)

team99parody (880782) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719053)

It's important to realize, as the parent poster did, that poor security is a Strategic Business Decision for Microsoft.

Security is

  1. Expensive to get right, taking lots of careful work and skilled people, and
  2. Harmful to the upgrade business.
A lot of people dismiss Microsofts poor security story as merely sloppy coding - but they're too smart and have far to great resources for that to be true.

Heck, every other major software vendor (BSD, Linux) lets you get security patches for as long as you want to patch them, so clearly Microsoft would have the resources to allow the same. It's totally a deliberate and calculated business decision for them to design and release products that leave paying customers out in the cold where they have to upgrade when security problems inevitably arise.

Re:W2K (1)

FiReaNGeL (312636) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718897)

Well here is your reason, I guess. Maybe not now, but in 2-3 years, when stuff will stop being compatible, and you'll stuck with the today's equivalent of Netscape 4 as your browser (IE6).

Re:W2K (1)

MS-06FZ (832329) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718924)

Support for it is stopping. How's that for a reason? :)

Re:W2K (2, Interesting)

|/|/||| (179020) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718938)

Same here - in fact I see many reasons not to upgrade. "Trusted" computing will be the final nail in Microsoft's coffin as far as I'm concerned, but even XP goes a bit too far with their activation scheme.

No thanks, MS. I'll use 2000 for compatibility as long as it works, and then I'll go to linux 100%. Or maybe I'll get a Mac? Never thought I'd even consider it, but who knows.

On a practical note, did anyone bother to read TFA? What do I need to make sure that I have on hand for future 2K installations - just this rollup or rollup+SP4? Bah, I guess I should investigate it myself.

Re:W2K (1)

|/|/||| (179020) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719006)

OK, I guess it didn't take much investigation. The rollup is on top of SP4. Here's MS's official word [] on the subject.

I forsee a Linux-only desktop and console-only gaming in my future.

Re:W2K (1)

Husgaard (858362) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718972)

Well, Micro$oft sees a reason that you upgrade. They live on the money you pay them.

Re:W2K (1, Interesting)

WAR-Ink (876414) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719061)

I used Windows 2000 for years. It was a vast improvement over Windows 95/98. Then again, chalk on the sidewalk is an improvment over Windows 95/98. And, while Windows 2000 isn't quite as stable as chalk on cement, it also doesn't wash away in the rain. Probably an artifact from having been developed in the Seattle area.

Of recent, I have been using XP Pro. If you immediately change the Romper Room interface back to "Classic", it is an improvement over 2000. The problem comes in when you update to SP2. The Windows Security... and I type those words realizing they are as compatible as two dogs with their tails tied together ...Center is the worst piece of garbage to spew forth from Redmond since Steve Ballmer's last speech. It can't be removed or disabled, only the individual features can be disabled. And if you remove a replacement feature (McAfee Antivirus for example) it reenabled the Microsoft feature...and I trust Microsoft to protect my system about as far as I can throw Bill Gates. I don't know how far that is, but I am willing to spend the afternoon finding out.

XP, like most of the current software from Microsoft also tries too hard. It thinks for you and you are just suppose to sit there and except its defaults (faults?). "My Documents" for example. I don't want to use that name. Changing it isn't so easy, but it can be done.

I would still go from 2000 to XP, but I might not install SP2 so quickly again.

PS: If you want IE7, which will no doubt be the greatest browser ever produced by a Redmond based company, it will not be available on 2000.

Re:W2K (1)

EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719084)

The main reason I use XP is for Remote Desktop, which is pretty darn cool.

I also find XP to be more stable then 2K.

And I disable the gummy bear theme, hidden desktop icons, customized menus, etc. as soon as I log in.

Re:W2K (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12719146)

Just wait until you discover that SP5 breaks everything, and they're not going to release any more patches to fix it.

Eweek confirms it... (0, Troll)

GET THE FACTS! (850779) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718861)

Just like Linux, Windows 2000 is DYING.

Don't believe me? GET THE FACTS! []

Great. (1)

MrAnnoyanceToYou (654053) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718867)

Now who's going to release a security patch for me to download every month? This is not good at all. Deserting VB6 and now Win2k? I'm moving to Linux at home and gaming as long as I can on a seperate partition. Thank God Q4 is coming out for Linux in the next year.

Re:Great. (1)

R.Mo_Robert (737913) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718987)

Now who's going to release a security patch for me to download every month?

Microsoft. For some reason, Slashdot (and, to a certain extent, this article) wants to think Microsoft suddenly stops provoding critical updates after mainstream support ends on June 30.

In fact, from what I understand, security updates will be provided for an additional five years, though for the last three they may appear only in the Microsoft Download Center.

Excellent reason to switch... (1)

JohnTheFisherman (225485) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719029)

...because things like Red Hat Linux 6.2 are still up to date and patched today. Right?

the question is - (1)

ecalkin (468811) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719132)

is it really important? if it was important to use RHL 6.2, you have the source and there are plenty of smart people around to fix problems.

with linux, you have that choice. when MS really pulls the plug on W2k, you're outa luck unless you can find some source code

the other thing to realize is that part of this is consumer demand. the drop dead date for windows 98se kept on being pushed back because of an amazing number of *big* corporate users that wanted support. if the death of win98 can be pushed back, so can the death of w2k.


Re:Excellent reason to switch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12719134)

Upgrading to a new version of RH is free. Upgrading to XP/2003/Longhorn isn't.

I think twitter said it best... (1)

110010001000 (697113) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718879)

"Friends don't let friends install Microsoft junk" -- twitter

RIP twitter. We will miss you.

Time to Find New Exploits (2, Interesting)

N3Roaster (888781) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718883)

Given that lots of people find W2K appropriate for their needs and won't switch over to a supported Windows, I expect malicious exploit hunters will be paying closer attention to this platform soon.

How big a mess would there need to be to convince Microsoft to continue supporting this?

Re:Time to Find New Exploits (1)

110010001000 (697113) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718998)

Microsoft will still issue security updates for W2K, but lets not let the facts get in the way of a good "M$" flamefest!

One month? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12718886)

Microsoft Corp. plans to announce as early as next week that it is ready to ship a Windows 2000 Update Rollup

The Update Rollup comes just one month before mainstream support for Windows 2000 client and server releases expires on June 30.

This must be some weird definition of "one month" I've never previously encountered. I thought the days were longer during the summer, not shorter!

Re:One month? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12718914)

I live south of the equator you insensitive clod!

Same thing? (1)

Espectr0 (577637) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718892)

The Update Rollup, which replaces Windows 2000 SP5 (Service Pack 5), is a cumulative set of hot fixes, security patches and critical updates packaged together for easy deployment.

Isn't that what service packs were pre-XP?

Re:Same thing? (1)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719119)

I believe the difference is that Service Packs are fully regression tested. Applying a service pack has far less risk associated with it than applying a patch. What this is is just a bunch of patches collected together with little regression testing. Think of it as an untested service pack.

Win2k vs WinXP (2, Interesting)

Paralizer (792155) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718900)

Besides all the "eyecandy" of Windows XP, what is the difference between this and 2k? I mean, they use the same kernel don't they? So if they are pretty much the same system, one "better" for desktop users and the other "better" for more experienced users, why discontinue support for one?

Re:Win2k vs WinXP (1)

TripHammer (668315) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718933)

I prefer XP over 2k in the enterprise environemnt because of two things:

Remote control via Remote Desktop Protocol (terminal server)

Being able to set active directory permissions on just parts of the registry (to accomodate those apps that want to run as local admin) so I don't have to put everybody in power users or admininstrators.

Re:Win2k vs WinXP (1)

KiloByte (825081) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718944)

"Why"? Users who can't be repeatedly milked for more and more money are useless. There is no reason to support them.

Re:Win2k vs WinXP (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719050)

Microsoft needs to discontinue any previous versions that may compete with Longhorn when it comes out.

Re:Win2k vs WinXP (1)

Yaa 101 (664725) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719069)

A cached tcp/ip stack...

Don't ask me what good it does, I run Mandrake and Fedora here...

Re:Win2k vs WinXP (1)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719096)

why discontinue support for one?

It's expensive to support old software. That's really the main reason why companies obsolete old, but popular and functional software. This isn't much different in the linux world. RedHat no longer supports version 7.0. I believe that's actually younger than Windows 2000. The difference of course in the Open Source world is if there's enough interest, some group will step forward and support old versions of a distribution. But I don't think anyone is supporting Redhat 7.0, I believe even the FedoraLegacy group ditched it in favor of Redhat 7.3.

The problem as I see it is that XP offers no compelling reason to upgrade. I tried it for a while, and it had some major problems (cntrl-alt-del didn't always work to bring up the task manager for one thing). Microsoft has basically dropped the ball on new features, so Windows 2000 is still a great OS.

Re:Win2k vs WinXP (1)

guardian653dave (865253) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719127)

w2k just runs faster.. but I suppose they're both on par is you don't install XP SP2

Re:Win2k vs WinXP (2, Insightful)

cnettel (836611) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719144)

XP is the 2000 kernel trimmed and fixed up. One of the most significant changes was the work to speed up boot time, which involved lots of kernel tweakings, as most of the time is naturally spent in kernel mode, or polling/probing hardware.

There is very little reason to use 2K pro if you have XP Pro available. You'll have to configure XP to get it to be 2000-like, but it does a great job of emulating it.

Windows 2000 is 5.0, and now 5.5 years old. It's a quite venerable age for a piece of software. Also, some hot fixes will continue to be available for those who have a reason to stay there until 2010.

I'm sad to see 2000 go, but XP is the natural successor. It's not like they would have asked you to ditch NT 4 for Me, or something...

eWeek may be spreading FUD (5, Informative)

capboy118 (647367) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718901) 111773947308242&w=2 [] Eric from Shavlik, produced many counterpoints to this article by eWeek. It is not the final update for Windows 2000 - security updates will be released for it long after this roll-up.

Mod up informative (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12718978)

Mod up: according to this, 2K will be getting security patches until 2010.

I dont think this isn the end just yet (2, Insightful)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718903)

A lot of companies I have visited recently still use Win2000 as their main desktop, have not yet and are unlikely to move to XP and will probably wait for a stable longhorn before changing. Given thats a couple of years away I think MS will have to support it by popular demand for a bit longer than they would like too.

Re:I dont think this isn the end just yet (1)

-kertrats- (718219) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719078)

If they wait until Longhorn comes out, there won't be enough time for instability and exploits to develop for Win2K before Longhorn is available for purchase. What incentive for buying is there then?

This could be good for Linux though... (3, Interesting)

Heem (448667) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718904)

Alot of companies still have Win 2000 servers. Heck I'd say most windows shops still have a majority of their servers on windows 2000. Heck, many even still have NT4.

Then here comes Microsoft saying, "OK, you're done. Either upgrade your machine (and give us money) or you are going to be vulnerable to a slew of attacks that we won't patch"

Well, so they have to upgrade anyway, we need to get the message out about Linux, and how support for linux will not "expire" like this.

And this on the heals of Novell's big announcment today...

Re:This could be good for Linux though... (2, Interesting)

The Bungi (221687) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719026)

Either upgrade your machine (and give us money) or you are going to be vulnerable to a slew of attacks that we won't patch

Please provide a link to some press release or support policy document where Microsoft categorically states they will not patch W2K security vulnerabilities, either for the core OS itself or for its components. I'd really like to see it.

Wait, never mind. Why waste time and Google for that? Here's [] the lifecycle support dates for all three versions of Windows 2000. You'll notice the "extended support retired" column lists 2010 as the year. That means that Microsoft will stop patching the OS in five years. 10 years after it was first released. The RedHat upgrade train is what, 3 years now? And let's see what Novell does as well.

how support for linux will not "expire" like this.

If you are basing your business on a 10 year-old operating system in this day and age and that OS does not have the "IBM" trademark behind it you probably need a cat scan, open source or not.

Re:This could be good for Linux though... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12719088)

and how support for linux will not "expire" like this.

Except that Linux support does expire. Old kernels and distributions get dropped. "They can patch the source themselves" isn't a valid answer for a lot of companies.

It's not really the end (2, Interesting)

richardcavell (694686) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718906)

The Windows 2000 'operating system' includes Internet Explorer, the Java Virtual Machine, Media Player, DirectX, etc...

There are good reasons why Microsoft will want to keep these components updated. Win2K is the most-used operating system among enterprise customers.

If (inevitably) new bugs are found in these bleeding-edge Internet technologies, would Microsoft be willing to let them stay unpatched for evermore?

Re:It's not really the end (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12718990)

Enterprise customers can buy support for Win2K until 2009.

This will only affect the "home users" and small businesses.

Re:It's not really the end (1)

MS-06FZ (832329) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719038)

That's pretty funny... when's the last time Microsoft updated their JVM? Last time I tried writing a Java Applet the single biggest problem I had was that Microsoft's JVM is installed and active by default, but it supports a crusty, ancient Java standard...

nigGa (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12718923)

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What if Detroit did this? (2, Insightful)

anubi (640541) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718931)

Slap patent and copyright protection on their products.

Then stopped making replacement parts for consumables in order to force us to buy a new car.

Would we sit still for it? Or DEMAND Congress pass law that removes all patent and copyright protections from all unsupported intellectual property?

If those bastids we have in there now don't see it this way, its time we got some people in there who do!

Yes.. this is flamebait... but its exactly how I feel about this issue.

Re:What if Detroit did this? (1)

110010001000 (697113) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719039)

Um yes. Automakers use the patent and copyright system heavily, as does every industry that produces IP in the planet. I don't know why you would possibly think the software industry should be any different.

Re:What if Detroit did this? (1)

77Punker (673758) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719154)

That's the reason that they change car designs every few model years. See, if the junkyard fills up with semi-useful, people take the parts off of those cars and use them to replace broken parts on their new cars since a brand new car can have most of the same parts as a two or three year old car. What that does is keep people from buying new cars. To limit the usefulness of old parts, auto makers simply redesign some of the parts so that they don't fit. See, they've been doing the exact same thing as Microsoft for a while!

Wrong, wrong, wrong (4, Informative)

R.Mo_Robert (737913) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718935)

Windows 2000 does move into Extended Support on June 30, but that doesn't mean they suddenly stop supplying security patches as this summary seems to claim (though, yes, it will probably be the last "Serivce Pack"-ish upgrade.)

The primary difference between mainstream and extended support is that "Microsoft will not accept requests for warranty support, design changes, or new features during the Extended support phase." Security updates will continue to be provided until 2010, the "end of life" for Windows 2000.

Re:Wrong, wrong, wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12718991)

I hate that fud. Where are my damn karma credits when I need it?

YARG! (1)

Coleco (41062) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718954)

I'm still using w2k as xp is just a bloatware version of 2k.. ie, there's no real functional differences and xp is slower.

I'm sure a lot of people are in the same boat.

Cutting support of an OS works for me back when M$ was releasing new OSs every two years but But they haven't for going on 5 now (see above).. Hmm..

Ninjakey? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12718955)

Hopefully this won't jack around with NinjaKey's recon features... []

Activation is the real problem (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12718961)

I know of lots, really a whole lot, of folks who run Windows2000 instead of XP, for the simple reason that it's not possible to run XP on lots of hosts or to do really frequent hardware changes with it.

Now, I suppose in some places it's technically illegal to run W2K on multiple machines, but that's different from it being technically *impossible*.

And before anyone suggests that WPA has been cracked, they need to show it. Everybody *assumes* that WPA is easily worked around, but there's not a really good solution out there.

An MSDN license for Windows 2000 for any kind of a lab environment is definitely easier to work with than Windows XP *especially* if you don't assume that every PC is going to be connected to the internet. The idea that XP will stop working due to activation issues, is simply abhorrent.

Why upgrade to XP? (2, Interesting)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718962)

I've run windows 2000 since it came out, and it's by far my favorite version of Windows. I've tried XP and had some significant problems. I went back to 2000 and didn't miss any of XPs features. I work with small businesses and always advise them to use Windows 2000 over anything else. XP basically offers nothing in features over 2000, and tends to have more problems in my experience.

The sad thing is that Microsoft hasn't come out with anything to make anyone really want to upgrade. Windows 95 had so many advantages over 3.1 I can't begin to list them, Windows 98 had USB where windows 95 had very limited USB support, NT4 had great stability, Windows 2000 had all the features of windows 98 plus great stability (and a slew of other things) ME.. well ME was a piece of crap. XP has.. user switching? A playskool like interface?

With Longhorn still in the distant future, and Windows 2000 support starting to dry up, who wants to make a crappy pit stop at XP waiting for Longhorn?

Re:Why upgrade to XP? (1)

brickballs (839527) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719091)

I like my playskool interface, thank you very much.

Re:Why upgrade to XP? (1)

Yaa 101 (664725) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719105)

People that are screaming to have DRM advantages included...

Re:Why upgrade to XP? (1)

keraneuology (760918) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719152)

I ran w2k right up until I swapped my PII-233 for the AMD 64 which came with XP Media Center (whoop de doo) and all of the drivers for the new DVD burner, etc already installed. w2k -easily- gave me a 40% performance boost when I upped from 98. And that was before adding the extra ram. I don't think I'll ever see that kind of performance boost from windows again.

The only application that I could run under XP but not in w2k was my old copy of Lost Island of Dr Brain (I'm addicted to the music game - one of my favorites of all time) which saw w2k as some sort of alien threat but runs perfectly in 98 compatibility mode in XP. (Compatibility mode in XP is also the only thing that lets me play Alpha Centauri on the AMD 64 when I'm waxing bored... that and fast user switching are the only two advantages XP MCE has over w2k.) Will this SP5-that-isn't-really-SP5 be available as an image I can download for when I rebuild a w2k system at some point in the future?

Re:Why upgrade to XP? (2, Informative)

R.Mo_Robert (737913) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719158)

If all your concerned about is security patches, you've got until September 2010. I know Microsoft has delayed Longhorn a lot, but I don't think it'll be quite that late...

My advice: Stick with Windows 2000--extended support isn't the end of the world like this FUD-filled article wants us to think--wait a year or two for Longhorn to come out, and then consider upgrading. Hopefully you won't need to upgrade your hardware (much?).

Re:Why upgrade to XP? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12719176)

Grr, typo. Your = you're. Posting anonymously to not clog my post history with stupid stuff like this. :)

Other vendor should follow this model. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12718967)

When will Debian stop letting me installing security patches. Surely they want to be as successful as the great microsoft, don't they?

Ruh Roh... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12718968)

I just drew on my head with a pen that I had thought to be retracted...I hope Head & Shoulders gets it off.

Wait a minute ... (1)

Infernal Device (865066) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718988)

If there are features in XP that prevent the backporting of IE to Win2K and WinNT, doesn't that mean they've tied the browser to the operating system again, in violation of the anti-trust settlement?

Maybe it's time to start handing out subpoenas like candy again.

Re:Wait a minute ... (1)

cnettel (836611) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719178)

Yeah, because using simple stuff like publicly documented API additions in GDI is tying. It's damn easy to write XP code and find "hey, this API seems fun, I'll try it out as I don't need, I don't even WANT this to run under 2000".

WOW! This must mean it's perfect now, no bugs! yay (1, Flamebait)

legal_asshole (859683) | more than 9 years ago | (#12718994)

I bet they still will have patches for 5 year old versions of linux... if only linux was a perfect as windows 2000 is now..


Re:WOW! This must mean it's perfect now, no bugs! (1)

ideut (240078) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719130)

If you're talking about distributions, then, no. The longest life I'm aware of is RHEL at 5 years.

Pulled from shelves (2, Informative)

smiley2billion (599641) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719020)

Yeah, I work for a major retailer and we just pulled it from the shelves on Thursday. Sending all copies back to MSFT I believe.

Finally! (1, Funny)

tool462 (677306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719056)

I'm glad Win2K is finally fixed. It's nice to know my OS is now bug-free. :)

Forking from Win2K to Linux...Is it hard? (1, Funny)

Simonetta (207550) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719083)

I use Windows 2000 and I have no plans to change, do any so-called update, or switch. I will use it until it stops working.

However at that point, I hope to change to Linux. There has to be a lot of people on Slashdot who have done this. Are there any suggestions of what to avoid? It has been my hope that Linux gets easier to install and operate ever few years.

I've installed Linux about five times in seven years. The first few times were absolute nightmares. The last time wasn't too bad. It's just that I already had Windows 2K working and it was free, and most important, I already knew how to use it.

I will never pay any money to Microsoft for any reason. It's just not an option for me. If they want me to give them money then they first need to give me a whole lot more money and then I'll consider giving some of it back. Technically then I would have given them money. But, they haven't contacted me yet.

One great advantage to Linux is the possibility of customizing it to your needs. I can't stand having Windows have the Exit Application button be right next to the Run-Ap-in-Background button. What fool came up with the idea of having them right next to each other in the upper right corner? And of course, it can never be changed in a hundred years.

Another serious disadvantage to Windows is when you have a huge well organized hard disk with lots of directories that have descriptive names. When you're working in one program and want to use the file in another program, you have to open the second program , click on file open and then go through the LONG process of finding the file in the directory tree. I want to have the File_open screen bring up a list of the last ten directory points where I have accessed a file, regardless of which program used to access the file. In Windows, impossible now, impossible forever.
In Linux, maybe. If not now then someday. It's these kind of things that cause people to switch.

final like in... (1)

xv4n (639231) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719103)

Final like in "our OS has no more bugs" or final like in "we wont be supporting our OS soon"

So have they released it yet? (1)

mnmn (145599) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719112)

"Microsofts plans to ship a Windows 2000 Update Rollup"

"The Update Rollup comes just one month before mainstream support for Windows 2000 client and server releases expires on June 30."

So have they released it or not? Those statements are contradictory. I can go check, but that means one of the statements will be proven false.

Random thoughts about Microsoft... (2, Funny)

rice_burners_suck (243660) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719113)

...and the phasing out of Windows 2000.

I can't blame Microsoft for phasing out Windows 2000. After all, synergies between killer applications empower emerging stewards to architect ubiquitous initiatives, harness revolutionary convergence, and engineer bleeding-edge solutions to recontextualize turn-key markets.

Growing open-source deliverables harness global interfaces to unleash holistic partnerships. Strategic content drives leading-edge web services to deliver efficient networks while syndicating one-to-one mindshare. When bleeding-edge content architects maximize seamless schemas to deliver robust web services, extensible infrastructures cultivate mission-critical functionalities. Best-of-breed communities target proactive enterprise paradigms while 24/7 methodologies reintermediate visionary content. By leveraging vertical synergies, content providers syndicate one-to-one cross-platform convergence.

Microsoft's plans include optimizing their internal operations to speed up delivery of Longtooth. Sources whom I consider accurate have told me that despite Microsoft's claims that Longtooth will be released by 2006 or 2007, the planned release date is actually late in 2019. Microsoft's secret goals for this version are:

  • To reduce the user's perception of the complexity of Windows.
  • To gain increased security from emerging threats, such as viruses, worms, spam, spyware, adware, malware, hackers, and phreakers, among others.
Microsoft will accomplish these goals through a variety of changes. First, Longtooth will no longer be based on the Windows NT design philosophy, as were Windows 2000 and XP. Instead, Microsoft will release MS-DOS 9.0 2003, a 64-bit multithreaded DOS written in VisualBASIC.Net, and Windows Longtooth will run on top of that. Also, Longtooth will contain more code changes than any previous version of Windows, both in the number of changed source lines of code (SLOCs) and in the percentage of the total Windows codebase changed. Tremendous numbers of new features are being implemented in completely new code.

More importantly, Microsoft employees are combing through the codebase, in a relentless search for code that is mature, stabilized, and proven. This search has proved difficult, but when found, such code will be marked for reimplementation. I'm told that most of this code will be reimplemented in VisualBASIC.NET, even if the prior version was written in another language, such as C or C++. Programmers making the new VisualBasic.NET code are not allowed to look at the code that already exists, so that fixes to known issues will not be known until well after the software is deployed to millions of users.

The reason for these changes is simple: Study after study conducted by Microsoft has proven that security through obscurity is the only way to go, especially in an operating system deployed to millions of users, with many instances running mission critical applications in finance, industry, government, and other sectors. Microsoft has identified that viruses, worms, spam, spyware, adware, malware, hackers, and phreakers are able to compromise Windows security because vulnerabilities in the code are known. By changing much of the codebase, especially the stablest and most proven parts, Microsoft will thwart the efforts of malicious programmers, as it will take time for them to find the new vulnerabilities in the unknown code.

To meet Microsoft's first goal of reducing the user's perception of the complexity of Windows, Microsoft will integrate a new technology, dubbed Microsoft Windows User Simplicity And Security Manager 2003, into Longtooth. This technology will hide all configuration settings from the user. All settings will be completely automatic, and the user will have no need to know or care what is under the hood. In reality, Longtooth will be the most complex version of Windows yet, with thousands of configuration settings controlling nearly every function of the operating system. The settings will be produced by discovery algorithms designed to automatically set a "sane" configuration. Since there will be no interface to modify any setting, the user will have no choice in his configuration, thus simplifying the user's perception of the system's complexity.

To meet the second goal of increased security, these settings will be scattered throughout the OS, its components, and in other areas of the file system. For example, Microsoft knows that viruses, worms, spam, spyware, adware, malware, hackers, and phreakers are interested in moving the icons on user desktops without the user's permission, so settings controlling the number and size of icons appearing on the desktop will be scattered throughout parts of the registry, batch files, .ini files, web bookmarks, in the Windows kernel, in the file allocation table, in the hard drive's partition table, in hidden tracks on the hard drive, and, if a Linux partition exists, in random areas of this partition, overwriting other data. This manner of storing settings will thwart the efforts of hackers to modify them for malicious purposes. Unfortunately, high security also means a slight reduction in usability. In this case, it will prevent the user's ability to control protected settings like the positions of icons, which is why Longtooth will be fully automatic when it comes to configuration.

On the other hand, Microsoft does not plan to expend unnecessary efforts to protect less important settings. Therefore, unimportant items, such as the user's digital wallet, used to access bank accounts and other private information online, will be stored as cleartext in the file C:\WINDOWS\WALLET.INI. For convenience, users will be able to access their wallet from anywhere over the Internet. For example, if your home computer's IP address is 201.555.193.31, and you want to access your bank accounts from work, all you have to do is connect to http://201.555.193.31/wallet [201.555.193.31] , and Windows will supply the file without any troublesome intervention or inconvenient passwords, which users are likely to forget right when they need them most.

Microsoft Windows User Simplicity And Security Manager 2003 includes additional functionality to thwart viruses, worms, spam, spyware, adware, malware, hackers, and phreakers. For example, Windows automatically assumes that any non-Microsoft code might be malicious. It identifies such code by comparing the executable name to a list of Microsoft applications. If the name matches, the code is assumed safe; if the name does not match, the code is assumed unsafe. So, for example, any file named EXPLORER.EXE or NOTEPAD.EXE is known to be Microsoft code and is therefore assumed 100% safe. The OS does not make any safety checks on such code, and the code always runs with full Administrator priviledges. For convenience, this list is stored in C:\WINDOWS\SAFELIST.INI, and can be accessed with read/write permission using any Internet connection.

Longtooth will include a second line of defense against viruses, worms, spam, spyware, adware, malware, hackers, and phreakers. Dubbed Microsoft Malicious Code Stopper 2003, this portion of Longtooth will prevent known malicious code from running. Each time the user attempts to launch a program by clicking its icon, Longtooth will compare the name of the program to names listed in the file C:\WINDOWS\DONTRUN.INI. If the program is listed there, Windows warns the user against running malicious code and prevents the program from starting. When Windows is installed, this file only contains OPERA.EXE and FIREFOX.EXE, two programs known to Microsoft to contain rogue code.

By distinguishing safe Microsoft code from unsafe malicious code as described in the previous paragraph, Microsoft Windows User Simplicity And Security Manager 2003 provides an important layer of security. This security is integrated into the Windows user interface as I described at length in previous posts about Longtooth. A separate line of defense, called Microsoft Longtooth Security Center 2003, will provide an interface to authenticate security events. I will summarize its features here:

User interface features, such as mouse movement and clicks, use of the scroll wheel, keys pressed, menu selections, and other events pass through a special filter when they occur in any part of the interface not controlled by safe Microsoft code. Any time such an event occurs, Windows will display a dialog, asking the user if he is sure he wants to perform that action. The user will have to select "Yes" and enter the administrator password to proceed. This process will be known in Longtooth as "Authenticating an OS event to the user," or simply, as "authentication."

The network layer will be heavily protected. Each network packet received or sent over any interface will require authentication, unless focus is in a Microsoft program at the time, in which case all security checks, including the Microsoft Personal Firewall, if activated, will be completely bypassed. Users will also have to authenticate the loading of any program, unless it is a Microsoft program. Any APIs called will have to be authenticated, unless they are called from a Microsoft program. Any assembly instruction executed in a non-Microsoft program will also have to be authenticated.

By the way, to make sure that a "bot" or some other automated system isn't automatically clicking "yes" and entering the password, and to foil password cracking programs, Microsoft will implement several innovative new technologies. Sometimes, the user will be asked to enter his password backwards. Other times, the password form will request every other character of the password, or every third character, or an ASCII sum of characters located in prime number locations (e.g., the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 11th, etc., characters of the password) in BCD notation, or characters located in Fibonacci number locations (e.g., the 0th, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 8th, etc., characters of the password). In the case of Fibonacci numbers, 0 will refer to the first character, 1 to the second, etc. Longtooth will provide a reference guide and a programmer's calculator to assist the user during this process. Additionally, Windows will sometimes display an image of text that is slightly warped (to foil OCR algorithms that might be present in password crackers) that the user must enter correctly before typing the password.

Again, these authentication checks take place only when running non-Microsoft code. Microsoft understands that so much authentication will make any non-Microsoft program totally unusable for all practical purposes. Instead of getting any work done, the user will spend all of his time entering passwords. Therefore, Microsoft will release what it internally calls a PoK, or "patchwork of kludges," known for marketing purposes as Microsoft Longtooth Password Accelerator 2003. This accelerator will function by capturing authentication events and entering the Administrator password automatically each time, preventing the window from appearing and bothering the user. Since this means the security gained through authentication will be lost, Microsoft Longtooth Password Accelerator 2003 will, at random intervals, disregard authentication events, causing the window to appear. This means that you could be playing Doom III, and suddenly a window appears asking you if you really want to execute MOV EAX,EBX. Or you might have Nero burning a DVD while you're watching TV in the other room, and the burning process will get screwed up in the middle because some window will wait for your password before continuing. These programs will be frozen until you enter the Administrator password. But since Microsoft understands that sometimes you start a process and leave it unattended, Windows will countdown 60 seconds and then simply continue, skipping the action that did not gain authentication. Thus, the unattended program would probably crash or have some other undefined result.

This might seem a bit inconvenient, but high security is more important than proper operation. Microsoft understands that users may be somewhat disappointed when programs crash due to increased security. To compensate, Longtooth will include several innovative features designed to provide an improved user experience.

Clippy, the talking paperclip, along with other Microsoft characters, will appear throughout the user interface to help the user make informed decisions. Dialog boxes and other cumbersome interface elements have been removed in favor of Clippy and his friends. When an authentication window appears, Clippy will be there to make a random choice, if the user doesn't know what to do. In this case, Clippy can flip a virtual coin, which will come with cool animations and sounds. The coin will initially be selected according to the local currency, but the user will be able to choose from over 100 different contemporary and historical coins. Longtooth will also include an optional full-screen animation with cool 3D effects, which can be used during this process or as a screensaver.

Another option is to pit two Microsoft characters, such as Clippy and Einstein, against each other in a variety of games, such as Scissors/Paper/Rock, Chess, Backgammon, Checkers, or Monopoly, with the winning character making the decision. A "best out of three" option will be presented, but better yet, users can combine several of these into a single decision. For example, Clippy and Einstein can play a game of Chess; the winner can play Monopoly with Rover, and the winner of that game gets to flip a 1-oz Krugerrand coin to make the final decision. Thus, the decision process could take a number of hours, and the rest of the computer is frozen during this time for security purposes. Even Ctrl-Alt-Delete will not work during this time.

Hackers or phreakers who gain physical access to the computer during this process might think they are smarter than that: They will push the Reset button, or unplug the computer. But Microsoft has thoughtfully included a journal, similar to a filesystem journal, to protect the system: The next time the system is started, after the system runs Scandisk, Clippy and Einstein will continue their game of Chess right where they left off.

By adding these innovations, Microsoft hopes to make Longtooth fun and inviting, rather than scary and intimidating. This is important to Microsoft, as they are concerned about users who have never used a computer before. These users will find it easier to operate the computer through Clippy, rather than through a scary user interface with icons, buttons, and other confusing elements. Advanced users will appreciate the increased security and peace of mind that Longtooth will bring.

To summarize the above, I was just thinking how Microsoft could reduce the complexity of the next version of Windows, Longtooth, due in 2009.

Longtooth will include a tremendous amount of new features implemented in completely new code. Many, but not all, existing features would be reimplemented in VisualBasic.NET just for the heck of it, even if mature versions are already implemented in C or C++. Programmers making the new VisualBasic.NET code would not be allowed to look at the code that already exists, so that new ideas might be better implemented. The features will be chosen by random for reimplementation.

All Microsoft code would assume that any Microsoft code (the OS and any Microsoft applications) is secure. This code will always execute with no checks to make it run faster. All other code will be subject to Longtooth's new security system, dubbed Microsoft Longtooth Security Center 2003. This feature will give users more control over processes that execute in their computers. I will explain some of its features here:

To maximize security, Microsoft Longtooth Security Center 2003 will make certain assumptions about the user. For example, users who use Microsoft products are assumed to know what they are doing. However, users of 3rd party applications not made by Microsoft are always assumed to be complete idiots. Therefore, all user interface events occurring outside of Microsoft applications will trigger a safety mechanism.

For example, each time the user moves the mouse in an area not controlled by a Microsoft application, the user will see crosshairs moving across the screen to indicate where the mouse will be located. When the user stops moving the mouse, an authentication window will appear and state: "The user has requested that the mouse be moved to the location on the screen indicated by the crosshairs. This area of the screen is controlled by untrusted code that may cause damage to your computer, your documents, or your network. Do you wish to allow the mouse to move to this location?" Buttons for "yes", "no", "details", and "help" will be displayed.

Selecting "no" will cause the mouse cursor to remain at its previous location. Selecting "yes" will bring up another window, requesting the user's password to authenticate the movement of the mouse. If the user enters the correct password, the mouse cursor movement will be authenticated to that user and the cursor will be placed at the new location. Selecting "details" will display the X and Y coordinates of the new position, followed by warnings against using untrusted rogue code such as Linux.

For additional protection, clicks, keys pressed on the keyboard, items selected in a menu, or other input events will trigger similar security mechanisms. Since Microsoft code is considered secure, these checks will not occur in windows owned by Microsoft code. Also, the mouse may be used to click on the above buttons and fields during mouse movement authentication. If any such movement of the mouse takes place during the authentication process, the mouse will still be moved to the location indicated by the crosshairs, but a bug in Windows will cause the cursor to immediately "bounce" back to the location where it was last used during authentication. Microsoft will refuse to fix the bug unless Linux is outlawed in all countries, even those countries that have no computers.

Many other authentication checks will be made by Windows. I'll return to this topic in a moment. First, let me mention that Clippy, the talking paperclip, along with other Microsoft characters, will appear during this process to help the user make an informed decision. If the user is totally unsure, Clippy will provide several options to make a random choice. One option is to flip a virtual coin, which will come with cool animations and sounds. For additional fun, the user will even be able to choose from over 100 different contemporary and historical coins. Microsoft is also said to include an optional full-screen animation with cool 3D effects, which can be used during this process or as a screensaver. Another option is to pit two Microsoft characters, such as Clippy and Einstein, against each other in a variety of games, such as Scissors/Paper/Rock, Chess, Backgammon, Checkers, or Monopoly, with the winning character making the decision. Also, a "best out of three" option will be presented. By adding these innovations, Microsoft hopes to make the authentication process fun and inviting, rather than scary and intimidating.

The network layer will be similarly protected. Any time a packet is received over the network, an authentication window will ask: "A network packet has been received. Do you wish to allow the network packet in?" Again, buttons for "yes", "no", "details", and "help" will be displayed. Obviously, selecting "no" will reject the packet and notify the sender by sending a screenshot in JPG format; "yes" will accept it after getting the required password; "details" will show a disassembly of the packet and its contents, and "help" will direct the user to a website about avoiding any network traffic with Linux hosts for security purposes.

Since Microsoft code is considered secure, packets received while control is in an application known to be made by Microsoft, such as any file called EXPLORER.EXE, will bypass the entire security layer, including the Windows Personal Firewall, if the user activated it, and the packet will be accepted without further troubling the user.

By the way, to make sure that a "bot" or some other automated system isn't automatically clicking "yes" and entering the user's password, and to foil password cracking programs, Microsoft will implement several innovative new technologies. Sometimes, the "yes" and "no" buttons will be swapped. For password entry, sometimes the user will be asked to enter his password backwards. Other times, the password form will request every other character of the password, or every third character, or an ASCII sum of characters located in prime number locations (e.g., the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 11th, etc., characters of the password) in BCD notation, or some other method. (Windows will provide a programmer's calculator for figuring that one out when it happens.) Additionally, Windows will sometimes display an image of text that is slightly warped (to foil OCR algorithms that might be present in password crackers) that the user must enter correctly before typing the password.

Microsoft will build hooks into its operating system which force application code to be authenticated to the user. Before any executable loads, the user will be asked: "The application WK4992LMB.EXE is attempting to load. This application is not made by Microsoft and may contain rogue code. If you run applications not made by Microsoft, you risk damage to your data, your computer, your network, or your bank account or other private information. Do you wish to allow this application to load?" Again, buttons for "yes", "no", "details", and "help" will be displayed, and the user will have to enter a password to authenticate. Since Microsoft code is considered secure, any application made by Microsoft, such as any file called NOTEPAD.EXE, will not require authentication.

Other hooks will perform similar functions. Any time an application not made by Microsoft attempts to call a Windows API function of any kind, the user will be asked: "The user has requested that the Windows API function FlushConsoleInputBuffer be called. Do you wish to allow the function to be called?" Pressing "details" will bring up the Windows API reference, so that the user will learn the details of the function before deciding whether to authenticate it. If the user has not installed Microsoft Visual 2009, Windows will allow the user to enter credit card information to order a copy, so that the function reference could be displayed. If the user selects "no", the function will not be called, but control will return to the application as if nothing strange has happened. Usually, this will cause the application to get into an unknown state, but strong security is more important than proper operation. Again, since Microsoft code is considered secure, applications known to be made by Microsoft, such as any file called NOTEPAD.EXE, may call any Windows API function without requesting the user's password.

Any time an application not made by Microsoft attempts to execute an assembly instruction of any kind, a similar window will be displayed... "The user has requested that Windows execute the assembly instruction mov ax,bx. Do you wish to allow this assembly instruction to execute?" Windows will implement this functionality similar to an assembly-level debugger. Selecting "no" will cause the instruction to be skipped. Windows will place the instruction pointer at the following instruction, without executing the one that the user did not authenticate. Usually, this will cause the application to get into an unknown state, but strong security is more important than maintaining a known state in user applications. Remember that Microsoft code is not subject to these checks.

All of these authentications will make the computer nearly unusable. Microsoft applications will still function normally, but any applications made by a third party will not be usable because the user will spend hours and hours entering his password before the application even finishes loading. To solve this problem, Microsoft will release a special application called Microsoft Longtooth Password Accelerator 2003. This product will be released in 2009 as an optional component of Longtooth. With this accelerator, whenever Longtooth will attempt to ask the user one of the above questions with a password, Microsoft Longtooth Password Accelerator 2003 will prevent those windows from appearing and will enter the administrator password, authenticating the action to the administrator account. This will allow applications not made by Microsoft to execute in Longtooth with Administrator priviledges, so that all of the user's time won't be taken up in authentication and password entry. To make sure that the system is still somewhat secure, the authentication form will still appear at random times when using non-Microsoft code. So you might be playing Doom 3 and suddenly a window asks you if you want to execute mov eax,ebx.

By implementing such a widespread and well-designed security system, Microsoft will finally achieve a level of security that is satisfactory for Windows in the 21st century.

Gee, I really wrote a lot here! :-)

Isn't that nice of Microsoft! (1)

callipygian-showsyst (631222) | more than 9 years ago | (#12719175)

You don't see Apple (for example) coming out with updates for System 8, do you?

This is a great example of the level of support, dedication, and customer service you get from a company like Microsoft.

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