Developers, WinXP SP2 will break your apps.
Which aspects of the service pack do you feel have such wide reaching impact? I hardly see anything of concern for typical applications.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
This will be a good acid test of Microsoft's committment and ability to secure Windows. If this sucks, I think we can see the writing on the wall as far as security is concerned
Running with scissors
I thought Microsoft learned that service packs aren't a good place to introduce functionality? This SP looks like it introduces a wide slew of functionality.
I can see many apps that integrate with Internet Explorer breaking immediatly based on the info Microsoft's document.
Okay I read all of that, and it looks like a very promising group of steps for Microsoft -- it is, quite literally, about time.
"Whether you recompile your own app to use these features is not required (or such is my interpretation)."
Well, the only way to know for sure is to download SP2 and test your app(s) against it. This is basic QA, people.
Uh...thanks for the (misplaced) QA lesson, but not even the beta of SP2 is available yet, and our comments were specifically relating to the original poster's comment that it would require rebuilding.
more likely it will break web sites that rely on opening new windows for functionality.
One huge change will be enabling "no execute" by default. This prevents areas of the stack and heap from being executed on processors that support this ability (only AMD at the moment?). The obvious advantage is that buffer overrun attacks that rely on placing code on the stack and then executing this code won't work.
The various changes to IE are going to break lots of rich-UI IE based Intranet apps. I know the main app I worked on for the last four years will need some fairly non-trivial changes to work round Microsoft's "fixes".
The SP2 beta has just been released:
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