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A program that exploits a software vulnerability Microsoft recently described could spell trouble for people that haven't quickly patched their system, security experts said this week according to a ZDNet UK article.

Released on a security mailing list earlier this week, the program takes advantage of a flaw in Microsoft's Messenger Service to cause Windows-based computers to crash. The vulnerability affects almost every current Microsoft Windows system, leaving security experts concerned that independent hackers will quickly find a way to take control of a large number of computers by exploiting the flaw.

"I think we are going to see a repeat of the MSBlast worm," said Vincent Weafer, senior director of Symantec's antivirus research centre, referring to the program that spread across the Internet in August. The program used a similarly widespread Windows flaw to break through computers' security. "It took three weeks (for hackers) to figure out a working worm in that case."

Programs that illustrate how to take advantage of such holes are known as "exploit code" and are seemingly being developed faster, coming out soon after the first notification of a flaw, a recent study by Symantec found.

Microsoft announced the latest flaw a week ago as one of several security problems it highlighted in its first monthly security update. At the time, the software giant said all the flaws could be exploited to create a worm.
 

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Hi,


Thanks m8, for the news that is ;)
Looking at the list of security updates after the 2 years on my computers i get sore eyes :(
But, it also needs to be said, it is the most stable version of windows i had (corporate here)

So, i'll learn to live with it...

Cheers,

Cor.
 

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There are always going to be these exploitables in operating systems, it doesn't help that all software producers seem to rely on the end user to debug their product.

Windows XP Pro is certainly the most stable and complete operating system I have used and knocks 98se into a cocked hat.

At least the system still normally works after a critical update, 98 used to take me hours after installing an update to get it back into working order. :)