Group Posts Program That Exploits Windows

Group Posts Program That Exploits Windows

Post by Monty Solomo » Sun, 27 Jul 2003 23:58:47



By HELEN JUNG AP Business Writer

SEATTLE (AP) -- A group in China released a program Friday that lets
hackers exploit a flaw in Microsoft software and take over a victim's
computer over the Internet.

The program, released nine days after Microsoft Corp. announced the
flaw, has turned an embarrassment for the company and inconvenience
for customers into a near-emergency.

The program, posted on the group's Web site, takes advantage of a
vulnerability in nearly all versions of Microsoft's Windows operating
system, including Windows Server 2003, touted as Microsoft's safest
ever.

The Redmond software giant has urged corporate and home users to
download a free software fix, but many consumers _ particularly
companies with hundreds or thousands of computers at risk _ probably
have not yet done so, said Marc Maiffret, co-founder of eEye Digital
Security Inc. of Aliso Viejo, Calif.

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