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Why is Win98 not listed in MS03-034?
From: Andreas Marx <amarx () gega-it de>
Date: Thu, 04 Sep 2003 21:59:17 -0700

Hi!

I was just wondering what has happened with MS03-034, because Windows 98 was not listed as platform anymore (in the section "Platforms not affected"), only Windows Me. This usually means, that this platform is not supported any longer and no further patches will be provided anymore. I contacted Microsoft and they told me, that this is the case with Windows 98/98 SE:

THERE WILL BE NO MORE (FREE) SECURITY UPDATES FOR THIS PLATFORM (WIN 98). PERIOD.

According to their lifecycle policy (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?id=fh;[ln];lifeprodw) the free-of-charge support period has ended 30-Jun-2003. But I always thought that they will still be releasing security updates until the end-of-life-period, which is, according to the above website, 16-Jan-2004.

However, I was wrong. So, if you're still using Windows 98/98 SE you should switch to an other OS very soon. I'm sure that new security vulnerabilities will be discovered on this platform and due to the fact, that there will be no more security updates, the use of Windows 98 will get more and more risky every day. Virus authors will adopt these security vulnerabilities soon to get their nasty malwares spreading faster than ever. And without a proper fix from MS, you will run into big trouble.

If a Blaster-like worm will be released that affected Win 9x platforms, you won't be able to use your computer anymore, because there will be no fix for it. No av program would help you much, because they can only stop dropped files, but not the exploit itself. You have lost. You will need to switch to a more recent OS. And you have to pay for it...

cheers,
Andreas Marx
Head of the Anti-Virus Test Center at the University of Magdeburg, Germany
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