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03.11.09

Eye on Microsoft: Security Issues So Far This Week

Posted in Microsoft, Security, Windows at 8:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

JUST a quick bunch of links for the curious:

Eset false alarm puts system files on remand

Slovakian anti-virus firm Eset has confirmed that a misfiring virus definition update wrongly labelled Windows system files as infected with malware.

As a result of the dodgy definition key files were identified as a virus and shuffled off into quarantine. Eset said it spotted the problem within minutes and released a new update that was free of the glitch, along with advice on how to unbork affected systems.

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On Monday March 9th 2009 at 5:52 CET, ESET released an update of our heuristics v.1091 together with standard virus definition update no. 3918. An error in the heuristics caused a malfunction in the Windows operating system by false identification of several system files including dllhost.exe, and msdtc.exe, which were catalogued as Win32/Kryptik.JX.

Microsoft Fixes Critical Windows Image Flaw

The flaw, MS09-006, involves the way the Windows kernel handles WMF and EMF (Windows Metafile and Enhanced Metafile) images. Simply viewing such an image on an unpatched PC would allow an attacker to execute any command, such as downloading and installing malware, and the risk is rated critical for Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista and Server 2008.

African executable raises Symantec hackles

TECH BLOGS AND FORUMS are ablaze with panic over an unidentified executable file which is being flagged by Norton’s security software.

It’s not known whether the file, which some have reported trying to phone home to Africa, is malicious in any way, but the folks at Symantec aren’t helping matters by reportedly deleting any posts or queries relating to the problem on their own forums.

Panda: ID Theft Trojans Are on 1 in 100 PCs We Scan

Perhaps as many as ten million PCs are infected with sneaky programs designed to steal sensitive financial information, antivirus vendor Panda Security reports.

More to come later.

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