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Windows Vista Left Vulnerable Over Christmas

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AS WE POINTED OUT on Christmas day, Microsoft left its users/clients vulnerable over the holidays. But there's actually more than we mentioned at the time. One of our readers points out that new flaws were found -- accompanied by exploits -- that can hijack Windows Vista and predecessors (Vista was never secure anyway).

The following exploit utilizes the XML vulnerability in Internet Explorer to execute arbitrary code under Vista.


Here is another new one:

A vulnerability was reported in Windows Media Player. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.


Over at The Register, it is being reported that Samsung picture frames are dangerous to Windows users ("The disc is needed to use the kit as a USB monitor on windows XP machines"). We've covered the follies of Samsung in the past because they stabbed Linux in the back by signing a patent deal with Microsoft.

The BBC labels 2008 an unprecedentedly bad year for security, but surely it won't get any better in 2009, not when about 40% of all (Windows) machines are zombies and many people are out of work.

Criminal gangs generate so many viruses for two main reasons. Firstly, many variants of essentially the same malicious program can cause problems for anti-virus software which can only reliably defend against threats it is aware of.


Bearing in mind everything that people already know and witness, the BBC does write: "The vast majority of these malicious programs are aimed at Windows PCs. Viruses made their debut more than 20 years ago but the vast majority of that million plus total have been created in the last two-three years." It later shows the Windows logo above a caption that says "Most attacks are aimed at PCs running the Windows operating system."

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