Microsoft Issues First SP2 Patch

The update fixes a flaw discovered almost immediately after SP2's release in August that affected users of virtual private networks (VPNs).

A temporary fix was released shortly after that, but the most recent is considered a permanent patch by Microsoft. The update to SP2, said the Redmond, Wash.-based developer, fixes the problem the OS had when programs connected to a loopback address other than SP2 blocks all IP addresses in the loopback address range except for, and drops an error message on the user.

The patch to SP2 was not listed in the normal location on Microsoft's Web site -- its Security center -- but instead was tucked into the Download section.

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