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7. Rescue Windows > 94. Download Windows Patches Securely

Download Windows Patches Securely

Use Knoppix to download Microsoft Windows patches onto a vulnerable Windows machine. Then boot to Windows, and apply the patch while disconnected from the network.

It seems like new vulnerabilities for Windows, or software running on Windows, appear every few weeks. The worst vulnerabilities are remote exploits that give the attacker full Administrator privileges on a machine. Worms that exploit these vulnerabilities are written rather quickly and are soon scanning the Internet, looking for machines to infect. The common remedy for these exploits is to download a patch from the Internet with a service like Windows Update. The problem is that your machine is at risk of being exploited every moment it is on the Internet downloading the latest patches. It’s like running across the battlefield to get your bulletproof vest! Use Knoppix to provide cover for you. Boot to Knoppix, grab the patches you need, and then apply them from within Windows with the computer disconnected from the network.


  

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