Microsoft Releases Emergency Patch For Windows Vulnerability — Windows Security — InformationWeek


 

Microsoft Releases Emergency Patch For Windows Vulnerability — Windows Security — InformationWeek

Dire warnings or a load of bull?

Now, before anyone says anything.  I firmly believe that the dire warnings are probably more accurate.  But, there are people out there who are going to choose between those two options.  And they’re going to choose WRONG.  They’ll firmly believe that:

  • Microsoft is just preaching “Doom and Gloom”
  • Microsoft is just covering their asses.
  • I don’t run a Server, so it doesn’t affect me.
  • Why would anyone want little old me?  I just surf the net and check my e-mail.

Well, if Microsoft went into Overdrive to fix this within two weeks of finding it, you can rest assured that it’s going to affect you—no matter who you are or what you do with your computer.

Here’s the scoop.  This vulnerability does not require you to do ANYTHING except be online and either hit a site that exploits it, or (when they start releasing them) get a worm that exploits it.  Microsoft flat out said “This is worm able.”  So, even though there isn’t anything live now, I would bet within a week or so, there will be.

For the technical minded, this vulnerability affects the “Windows Server Service” which every version of Windows uses (even non-server versions).  It’s another exploit of the “Remote Procedure Call” system inside of Windows.

More information about this vulnerability can be found here.

Have a great day everyone:)
Patrick.

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