December 16, 2004: Microsoft today announced that it will beef up Windows security after buying Giant Company Software, a developer of anti-spyware and Internet security offerings.
The Redmond, Washington, firm will use intellectual property and technology from the acquisition to develop tools that will give "near-term relief" to Windows users by enhancing defenses against spyware and other deceptive software.
This relief will come in the form of a beta version of a spyware protection, detection and removal tool, based on the Giant AntiSpyware product, which will ship "within one month" for users of Windows 2000 and later versions.
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for December, 2004
Issued: December 1, 2004
Update: December 14, 2004 Version Number: 2.0
Vulnerability in WordPad Could Allow Code Execution (885836)
Vulnerability in DHCP Could Allow Remote Code Execution and Denial of Service (885249)
Vulnerability in HyperTerminal Could Allow Code Execution (873339)
Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel and LSASS Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (885835)
Vulnerability in WINS Could Allow Remote Code Execution (870763)
Buffer Overrun in JPEG Processing (GDI+) Could Allow Code Execution (833987)
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