Microsoft Sneaks in Vista Anti-Hack Update Under Radar
Microsoft’s Windows Vista Service Pack 1 brought to an end two anti-activation exploits; the Grace Timer exploit and the Paradox OEM BIOS activation crack. Gamers thinking they’ve avoided the anti-hack update by turning down the sp1, may already have it installed.
Microsoft issued the anti-hack detection update KB940510 via Windows Update. For those of you that have Windows Update set to automatically download and install updates, you’ve already downloaded the anti-hack code.
Microsoft describes the KB940510 update as such :
This update enables Windows Vista to detect activation exploits that bypass product activation and that interfere with usual Windows operation. An exploit is a form of software that replaces or modifies authentic Windows components. When exploits are present on a system, it indicates that a software or hardware vendor may have tampered with genuine Windows to enable the sale of counterfeit software. Therefore, the security and the privacy of the computer are put at risk. After this update is installed, you will know if exploits are present on the system.
Check out Tech ARP for the full details.