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Windows XP and Server 2003 Vulnerability

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2006 6:43 pm
by Angoid
Thought I'd make you all aware of this .... you may have read about it elsewhere or vaguely heard about it.

A serious vulnerability has been discovered in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 which would allow an attacker to gain access to your system and compromise its security. This enables the installation of malware onto your system such as viruses, trojans, adware, and spyware by way of an infected WMV (Windows Media Player) file.

Here is the article I read pertaining to it; a bit technical in places but it does outline and describe the problem.

Someone on another forum has also pointed me to this article here which gives the download location for an unofficial, but tested fix. Microsoft is unlikely to release a fix for it themselves until at least the 10th January.

This unofficial patch can be removed using Add/Remove programs. I'm not sure as to whether the Microsoft one, when it becomes available, will clash with this. If it does, then uninstall this one.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2006 8:44 pm
by nessieq
:shock: That doesnt sound very nice... thanks for the tip off, angus.