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Hacker discovers five year old flaw in Windows

Posted on Monday, November 26 2007 @ 14:53:09 CET by

Microsoft is working hard to patch a critical vulnerability in its Windows operating systems that could be abused by criminals to take over Windows systems. The bug was demonstrated last week by a hacker at the Kiwicon hacker conference in New Zealand.

Beau Butler, who discovered the flaw, says the flaw is an old one that was apparently only partially fixed five years ago.
The software giant confirmed the issue was serious and asked this newspaper not to publish the details over fears they could be used by cyber criminals to seize control of workstations.

Microsoft's engineers in Australia and the US scrambled to replicate and confirm the issue, with the security team working over this week's Thanksgiving holiday to begin work on a fix.

"Now that we understand the issue we're researching comprehensive mitigations and workarounds to protect customers," Microsoft's general manager of product security, George Stathakopoulos, said by email.

The flaw is an old one, first exposed and apparently fixed more than five years ago. But it appears Microsoft's fix was only partially effective.

The problem affects all versions of Windows, including the company's most recent release, Vista software. However, it does not affect every Windows computer, Mr Stathakopoulos said. It depends on how it is configured.



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