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Microsoft has issued its 100th security notice for the year 2000, proving that its productivity in generating exploits for crackers to exploit has reached unprecedented heights.

Fittingly, the problem concerns Internet Information Server, the number of exploits for which is a standing joke amongst many members of the security community.

The latest notice concerns the availability of a patch for fixing the malformed web form submission vulnerability, which could potentially allow an attacker to block an affected web server from providing useful service. More information is available on Microsoft's site here.

In fairness it should be said that the vulnerability itself is not particularly serious, in common with most security holes that Microsoft acknowledges - if they were all serious, none of us would have any vital data left.

According to analysts Giga Information Group, Microsoft "only" released 62 security patches in 1999. It is believed that this year is the first in which Microsoft has gone "ton up" in security alerts. ®

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