Microsoft Stealth Windows Update confirmed
There have been rumors in the tech world about the sudden update of some windows machines without permission from their respective owners. It has been said that even with automatic updates turned off, on some versions of XP (your version depends on how much you patch), the “stealth” update still occurs. Microsoft claims, although it is unpublicized, that these is a “normal behavior” for XP and Vista machines.
A Microsoft spokesperson said, “Windows Update automatically updates itself from time to time to ensure that it is running the most current technology, so that it can check for updates and notify customers that new updates are available.”
“The point of this explanation is not to suggest that we were as transparent as we could have been; to the contrary, people have told us that we should have been clearer on how Windows Update behaves when it updates itself,” said Nate Clinton, Program Manager Windows Update, in a blog today.
Clinton said in parting, “WU does not automatically update itself when Automatic Updates is turned off, this only happens when the customer is using WU to automatically install upgrades or to be notified of updates.”
For the curious, the updated files on Vista are:
And on XP SP2:
All nine files are system files related to the XP and Vista versions of Windows Update (WU) itself.
Why should you care? For one we don’t completely understand the [WU] technology, but apparently this (incident) doesn’t go through the Auto Update settings. Although it’s clear that there’s no sign of any malicious intent on the part of Microsoft, if they make such behind your back updates mandatory, people should have a lot of concerns.Tags: Security, Windows