New Windows (XP) Exploit - You ARE vulnerable.

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by BFG 9000, Dec 29, 2005.

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  1. Greetings peeps,

    Hot off the press:
    A new vulnerability has been discovered in Windows XP.
    Details can be found here :-
    http://isc.sans.org

    This is nasty - a flaw in the WMF graphics file handling that can lead to code being executed on your PC.. there's no patch yet and it's quite likely that your anti-virus vendor doesn't have a fix for it.

    The evil thing is that WMF files can be embedded in most types of email message, i.e. it does NOT have to be an attachment. You can get infected just by viewing the graphic in a preview pane.

    Web browsers are vulnerable too, including Firefox/Mozilla.

    http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/ (has some info)
    http://isc.sans.org/ has the latest news (has a more detailed description)

    For those of you who just want to be safe :-
    TTFN

    BFG
     
  2. switched over to linux :lol:
    no pop ups no spam ands free :twisted:
    not that i paid for xp anyway :twisted: bwhahahaahaha
     
  3. msr

    msr LE

  4. ViroBono

    ViroBono LE Moderator

    Another security problem with Windoze? Quelle surprise...

    Not that I'll be worrying about it...

    [​IMG]
     
  5. ahhhhhhhh!!!! it's a mac user! burn him... burn himmm!!!
     
  6. on a lighter note, thnx for the advice pal. i'll be sure to don tin foil hats and attack cable modem with an axe until a suitable fix has been found.

    i'll keep you guys informed!
     
  7. This is actually quite bad, someone at work went phoned his misses and told her not to let the daughter go on!
     
  8. It's not rocket science, If you are using your PC as Admin, you deserve waht you get.
     
  9. kill kill the mac luser let the O/S wars begin all hail linux :)
    as long as its SUSe the red hat wearing heretics can go to the pit
     
  10. msr

    msr LE

  11. No doubt Mac's are vunerable to attacks as well. Just that at the moment attention is against MSoft. When hackers get bored they will move on to Mac's. Like I give a shiit anyway. Mac's have nice pretty desktop graphics etc, but, bugger all else on them really.
     
  12. i have read the thing over and over, and still don't understand how it can affect ur pc.

    can some clever young un spell it out for me in no more than a single sentence?
     
  13. And a Medic burnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    Really only joking :D bn
     
  14. msr

    msr LE

    When you are surfing the internet and you click on a link to a picture with a WMF extention, it may not be a picture at all, but a program which will download a virus to your computer.

    If you need antivirus software (make sure yours is updated) have a look at http://free.grisoft.com

    Also ensure that you set your windows update to update your PC automatically. Go to Control Panel -> Automatic updates and click on 'Automatic (Recommended)'.

    To make sure you have no spyware on your computer, download Adaware from here: http://www.lavasoft.com/software/adaware/

    I would also recommend that you download Firefox from http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

    This will at least warn you if you click on a link to a WMF file, unlike Internet Explorer.

    msr
     
  15. ViroBono

    ViroBono LE Moderator

    Ah, the old ill-informed 'they look nice but you can't get any software' crock. That'll be why they're used throughout the imaging, print and other media industries, then.

    You still think the earth is flat, don't you?