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Kaspersky update knocks Windows XP users offline

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 06 Feb 2013 10:56 User comments (3)

Kaspersky update knocks Windows XP users offline Kaspersky releases fix for update error.
An update for a Kaspersky anti-virus product knocked thousands of Windows XP users offline, and even blocked some users from accessing internal company networks. Kaspersky became aware of the issue very quickly and had a fix at hand within two hours.

As a workaround at first Kaspersky said affected users needed to disable the product or roll back the update.

The Russian security firm then issued a statement, apologizing for any inconvenience caused by the database update error.

From users' reports of the problem, it would appear that the update altered the database to block access to port 80, the default port used by web servers to listen for client (browser) requests.

Oops.

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3 user comments

16.2.2013 11:56

Sometimes even the simplest things get overlooked which can cause major ramifications in the end.


CPU speeds were in the Mhz, RAM was in Kb, and all I had was a 360Kb 5 1/2 floppy drive.

27.2.2013 11:21

Doesn't it mean it wasn't tested before sending out


311.2.2013 11:46

Yikes, Kaspersky is Russian???

Glad I use MSE nowadays.


Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


DSE VZ300-
Zilog Z80 CPU, 32KB RAM (16K+16K cartridge), video processor 6847, 2KB video RAM, 16 colours (text mode), 5.25" FDD

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