Damming the Database Holes

September 3, 2003

[From eWeek]

Eight months after the SQL Slammer worm threw SQL Server database administrators into a tizzy, Microsoft Corp. is committing itself to providing semiautomatic updates that will patch holes in the enterprise database.

The Redmond, Wash., company began working on automatic patching immediately after Slammer struck in late January, according to SQL Server Group Product Manager Tom Rizzo. By exploiting known holes in the database for which patches were available, the worm brought the Internet to its knees as it generated billions of attacks on SQL Server installations.

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