WMF Patch Released Early

On Thursday, Microsoft released the patch to remove the “SETABORTPROC” functionality from WMF image processing. The patch is on Windows update as # MS06-001, and should be installed on all systems running Windows 2000 and above. Anyone who previously installed the unofficial patch should first install the Microsoft patch, and then uninstall the unofficial patch.

Anyone who disabled the Windows fax viewer can restore it like this:

To re-register Shimgvw.dll, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, click Run, type “regsvr32 %windir%\system32\shimgvw.dll” (without the quotation marks), and then click OK.
2. A dialog box appears to confirm that the registration process has succeeded. Click OK to close the dialog box.

The WMF abort process security hole doesn’t affect Windows 98. Microsoft has stated that it is a ‘non-critical’ problem in Windows Me, but has not released a patch. In other words: to be continued…