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Major Security Flaw & a nice little mouse

August 4th, 2005 by Patrick S

News Source: cnet

A serious flaw has been discovered in a core component of Windows 2000, with no possible work-around until it gets fixed. Apparently this hole cannot be turned off or disabled since it is a core part of the actual operating system itself.

“The vulnerability in Microsoft’s operating system could enable remote intruders to enter a PC via its Internet Protocol address, Marc Maiffret, chief hacking officer at eEye Digital Security, said on Wednesday. As no action on the part of the computer user is required, the flaw could easily be exploited to create a worm attack, he noted.
What may be particularly problematic with this unpatched security hole is that a work-around is unlikely, he said.
“You can’t turn this (vulnerable) component off,” Maiffret said. “It’s always on. You can’t disable it. You can’t uninstall.”

Update:eEye seem to state that it also effects Windows XP and 2003.

“This security issue affects a large majority of Windows systems currently used by enterprises around the world. This high-risk security vulnerability could potentially allow an attacker to send a specially crafted Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) request to an affected system, which would result in a denial of service. For an enterprise with thousands of Windows-based machines, many running critical applications, this represents a dramatic threat to business continuity. To date, Microsoft has not issued a patch for this security flaw.”

News Source: Apple apple

In other news (and on a higher note) Apple is showcasing a new Multi-button mouse. Its called the mighty mouse. It looks so cool. It has 2 buttons plus a roller in the middle… Now you can also scroll up and down but horizontally at the same time! I am pretty keen to go buy one of these baby’s. They look neat. Oh its also Windows compatible :).
Check out the web site for the mightymouse.

Blog ya later…
Patrick Squire đŸ™‚

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