February 12th, 2005, 10:55 PM
Microsoft forces IM upgrades
Source : http://news.zdnet.com/2110-9588_22-5573252.html
Microsoft on Friday forced its millions of MSN Messenger users to download a new version of the software to plug a vulnerability discovered earlier this week. The mandatory upgrade began early Friday morning after a security company posted a how-to guide describing how the vulnerability can attack computers. MSN Messenger users were then greeted with a notice to upgrade before they could open their instant messaging clients.
The moves come after Microsoft on Tuesday released a series of software patches to plug a series of "critical" weaknesses in a handful of products including Office XP, Internet Explorer 6, Windows Media Player and MSN Messenger. Microsoft was planning on asking Messenger users to upgrade over a longer period of time, but once the security posting went public the company decided to upgrade all users at once, a company representative said.
That a good move from Microsoft part! They react quick to the thread I post here
February 12th, 2005, 11:01 PM
Really? I didn't get forced to upgrade..
February 13th, 2005, 01:38 AM
I got no "forced" upgrade
February 13th, 2005, 01:57 AM
Only versions lower than 5 are required to upgrade, according to MS... I was running 4.7 or something and didn't get forced to upgrade either.
February 13th, 2005, 03:09 AM
Everyone I know that was running MSN 6.1 and 6.2 was forced to upgrade.... Is it possible you are running 7.0 Beta already??? MsM and XTC??? As for Neg... 4.7 sounds to me like Windows Messenger... not MSN Messenger... which would explain why there was no upgrade forced there.
If you use MSN Messenger 6.1 or 6.2 on a PC*, please upgrade now.
This upgrade includes the most robust security measures currently available for MSN Messenger. You will only be able to log onto MSN Messenger if you have upgraded your MSN Messenger software.
*If you are using MSN Messenger 7.0 Beta or are on a MAC operating system, you do not need to download this upgrade.
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February 13th, 2005, 06:39 AM
Well... I had MSN Messenger v6.1 and after I rebooted my machine it forced me to update to v6.2 to be able to connect at all again.
February 13th, 2005, 06:57 AM
Version 6.2 (6.2.0205)
The latest Messenger is keep on reminding me too since yesterday!
Version 6.2 (6.2.0205)
As soon as you are connected and your MS Messenger is configured auto-login (auto-run I guessed), it will prompt you for the latest update and ask you to install it ASAP.
Now I run it this morning and it's quite normal.
Never used it too much though.
February 13th, 2005, 07:06 AM
So what is the difference that saves WinMessenger users, but not MSN Messenger users? All Windows messenger does is come preinstalled with XP, and it does a much crappier job of presenting a GUI to the MSN messenger code than does MSNs version.
Originally posted here by HTRegz
As for Neg... 4.7 sounds to me like Windows Messenger... not MSN Messenger.
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February 13th, 2005, 07:30 AM
Yepp, but they are two completely different products.
Never understood why they made two different ones instead of getting rid of one, concentrating on one instead.
I guess Windows Messenger might be a preferred version if you use it for Exchange in your company though. Might not want all those fancy features and I guess one of those features had the security problem.. ?
February 13th, 2005, 01:01 PM
I'm running MSN 6.2 (6.2.0137) and this morning I got asked if I wanted to upgrade to a newer version. So now I'm 6.2 (6.2.0205). And nothing being requested beyond that.