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Some of the latest security updates for Windows XP will not be installed on machines infected with a rootkit virus.
A rootkit is sneaky malware that buries itself deep inside the Windows operating system to avoid detection.
Microsoft said it had taken the action because similar updates issued in February made machines infected with the Alureon rootkit crash endlessly.
The latest updates can spot if a system is compromised by the Alureon rootkit and halt installation.
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Microsoft denies it built 'backdoor' in Windows 7
Don't worry, company tells users; NSA involved only in security compliance standards.
Microsoft today denied that it has built a backdoor into Windows 7, a concern that surfaced yesterday after a senior National Security Agency (NSA) official testified before Congress that the agency had worked on the operating system.
"Microsoft has not and will not put 'backdoors' into Windows," a company spokeswoman said, reacting to a Computerworld story Wednesday.