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April 12, 2006

eEye Screws the Moose

So last night, Microsoft released about a zillion different patches to bubble-gum and shoestring their miserable browser through for another month. Among the multiple patches was one designed to address the "Zero Day" vulnerability, also apparnelty known as the "Create TextRange() issue".

Because of Microsoft's didactic, canonic, 2nd Tuesday release schedule, many people opted to install a 3rd part patch by eEye. (See my previous post on this issue: Microsoft hangs people out to dry with Zero Day exploit)

Last night, I applied all of the patches, and my machine rebooted itself sometime during the night because, apparently, Microsoft has more control over my computer than I do, at this point. So, this morning, I checked to see if the eEye patch had removed itself, as eEye promised it would:

"eEye’s patch is not meant to replace the forthcoming Microsoft patch, but to provide immediate protection in lieu of an available fix. In fact, eEye has engineered the patch to automatically remove itself when Microsoft’s official patch comes through.?

Only, don't look now, but...it's still there. Start - Settings - Control Panel - Add or Remove Programs - eEye Digital Security Jscript Patch". There it sits. Hmmm.

Now, possibly it did autoremove itself from some computers, but it didn't remove itself from mine. I'm running XP Pro SP 2 - 32 bit edition, with every single patch applied. So, if it didn't remove itself from mine, I'm guessing it didn't remove itself from a lot of other computers. Don't you think they might want to mention this on their website? As in, "Just FYI - our little bit of automagic removal engineering appears to have failed, be sure to remove the patch yourself." Anyone? Anyone?

Posted by Peenie Wallie on April 12, 2006 at 8:49 AM

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