Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Bad news for MS Windows Users

FT.com - Windows PCs face ‘huge’ virus threat

The flaw, which allows hackers to infect computers using programs maliciously inserted into seemingly innocuous image files, was first discovered last week. But the potential for damaging attacks increased dramatically at the weekend after a group of computer hackers published the source code they used to exploit it. Unlike most attacks, which require victims to download or execute a suspect file, the new vulnerability makes it possible for users to infect their computers with spyware or a virus simply by viewing a web page, e-mail or instant message that contains a contaminated image.

Microsoft said in a security bulletin on its website that it was aware that the vulnerability was being actively exploited. However an official patch to correct the flaw was not expected to be released until January 10.

3 Comments:

At 11:54 AM, Blogger Tyler said...

Microsoft Windows has a vulnerability? Who'd have thought?

All right, seriously - if Linux was a more common OS, would we see more viruses targeting it? Or is there some unique flaw in Windows design?

 
At 12:41 AM, Blogger Travis said...

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At 12:41 AM, Blogger Travis said...

Not true. Check this out from slashdot.org.

 

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