The secretive patch updated the Automatic Updates engine to version 7.0.6000.381. Reports indicate that the patch updates a total of nine files on both Windows Vista and XP.
eWEEK Labs discovers on two different machines--both running Windows XP with Service Pack 2--the signs of an unauthorized update.
By Andrew Garcia
Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for eWEEK.com, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.