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Security update for Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 (vcredist_x86.exe)
From: "Axel.Pettinger" <Axel.Pettinger () t-online de>
Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2010 16:01:30 +0100


After installing Nmap's vcredist_x86.exe (v9.0.30729.17) on Windows 7 
I noticed that Windows Update wanted to install a security update:

Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (KB973924)
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=158264 redirects to

MS09-035: Description of the ATL for Smart Devices security update for 
Visual Studio 2008: August 11, 2009

The KB article points to:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-035 - Moderate
Vulnerabilities in Visual Studio Active Template Library Could Allow 
Remote Code Execution (969706)

According to the security bulletin KB973924 belongs to:
Visual Studio 2008 ATL for Smart Devices Security Update

That update is a big one, my computer only downloaded a small file:

Maybe the vcredist_x86.exe in the Nmap 5.21 archive should be replaced 
with the latest version (v9.0.30729.4148) to avoid the notification 
about the missing security update:

Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package ATL 
Security Update

Axel Pettinger
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