Microsoft will accelerate the rollout of Windows XP Service Pack 2 over the next month and has released the first official update for SP2 to fix a problem some users had with virtual private networks.
Microsoft has distributed SP2 to about 20 million users through the Automatic Updates feature in Windows and the Windows Update website, a Microsoft spokesman said. Most of these users are home and small business users, he said.
The software maker is accelerating distribution of SP2 to reach its goal of updating 100 million PCs through Automatic Updates by 18 October, two months after SP2 was first made available through the automatic update service.
Shortly after Microsoft released SP2, a problem was detected that affected users of VPNs. A temporary fix was released last month and earlier this week a permanent fix in the form of an update was issued, the first patch for the mammoth SP2.
The update, detailed in article 884020 in Microsoft's Knowledge Base, fixes a problem with applications attempting to connect to loop-back IP addresses other than 127.0.0.1. SP2 blocks all those addresses and users see an error message.
Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service