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The Bug of the Month for January 2005 was posted as a special Bug of the Day on December 17:

Microsoft has released a critical update for Windows XP Service Pack 2. They have found that if you are using the Windows Firewall included in SP2 and you make a dial-up connection to the Internet, you may be inadvertantly allowing file and print sharing with the entire Internet. If you have Windows XP Service Pack 2 installed, you will need to get the KB886185 update from http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/

Why this one? Well, it potentially hit a lot of users (people who have upgraded to Windows XP Service Pack 2 and still use dial-up. Leaving file and print sharing open to the entire Internet is certainly dangerous, although due to the nature of dial-up connections, it would not be easy to exploit. And the fact that Windows XP Service Pack 2, a service pack designed to tighten security, actually allowed this, is certainly worth a laugh at Microsoft's expense.

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