Microsoft Numbering System

From: Felix Yan (fchy_at_USA.NET)
Date: 09/10/03

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    Hi Russ,

    While I was downloading the patches for MS03-035, 036, 037, and 038 from the
    M$ Office Update Website, I tried to figure out whether I was actually
    downloading the correct patches but I simply couldn't. The numbering system
    that M$ used in the Security Bulletin is different from the one used in the
    Knowledge Base (i.e. KBxxxxxx). So far, I still can't find a page in the M$
    site that shows the two corresponding numbers for each patch.

    For example, the KB numbers for some of the patches are:
    - Office XP Security Patch: KB822036 (same as MS03-037: 822715?)
    - Word 2002 Security Patch: KB824934 (same as MS03-035: 827653?)
    - Office XP WordPerfect 5.x Converter Security Patch: KB824938 (English
    version) (same as MS03-036: 827103?)

    Can't M$ just use ONE and only ONE numbering system so that fewer people, like
    me, will get confused? This is certainly one of the many things that M$ needs
    to put some of its effort in its continuous improvement.


    Felix Yan, CCNA, MCP

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