Microsoft Releases XP SP2 Warning List

Tuesday Aug 17th 2004 by Ryan Naraine

If your business runs on the Windows XP operating system, you should check Microsoft's list twice to avoid possible disruptions of third-party FTP programs, peer-to-peer applications and multimedia streaming software.

When Microsoft announced the availability of Windows XP Service Pack 2 last week, you may have breathed a sigh of relief to know that your business' security concerns were being addressed. However, you may be breathing a sigh of frustation as you discover some of your applications may not work.

To help smooth the transition, Microsoft released a list of dozens of third-party applications that will have problems with the default Windows firewall.

In a knowledge base article, the software giant said an explicit setting in the Windows firewall to block unsolicited connections will cause disruptions on FTP programs, peer-to-peer applications and software for multimedia streaming and e-mail applications.

Microsoft has spent the last few months warning that the security-centric service pack will break and disrupt existing applications, especially those that depend on open ports for connectivity.

The list includes Microsoft's own Visual Studio .NET and SQL products, as well as anti-virus software from Symantec, the ColdFusion MX Server from Macromedia and security products from Computer Associates and McAfee.

The XP SP2 disruptions will also affect certain multi-player games that rely on instant messaging connectivity. Games sold by the likes of Atari, EA Games and ActiVision were affected, Microsoft said.

As previously reported, Microsoft has released update patches to allow its own flagship customer relationship management (CRM 1.2) software to work properly on systems running SP2.

The company has also urged Web developers and Web site owners to closely examine the XP changes and make the necessary code modifications to minimize disruptions. Microsoft released a detailed document titled "How to Make Your Web Site Work with Windows XP Service Pack 2" to spell out the code tweaks needed to deal with SP2.

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