August monthly patch included Vista

Although Microsoft is touting Vista as the most secure operating system it has ever developed, it seems the new operating system is not going to be without its own security problems.

Microsoft has admitted that the August mega patch Tuesday included two patches intended for the beta versions of Vista that are currently under test around the world.

Of the seven critical Windows updates released in August, two – MS06-042, which is a cumulative patch for Internet Explorer, and MS06-051, which fixes a vulnerability in the Windows kernel – also affect Windows Vista Beta 2 or later. The patches were made available through Windows Update and are also available in the Microsoft Download Centre.

The unusual decision to include a beta product in the normal security update cycle is possibly due to the fact that Vista is now being used regularly by hundreds of thousands of testers around the globe. However, the company also warns that beta testers should not be lulled into a false sense of security by the addition of Vista.

Microsoft warns that when it comes to updates the priority will remain to provide updates to released products first. It also says that security support for Beta 2 will end with the availability of Release Candidate 1.

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