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Microsoft releases patch for WMF flaw

January 5th, 2006 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Microsoft has released a patch to fix the flaw in the security bug on Windows Meta File. Microsoft reported that they will release it on January 10th but it seems that they have released it much earlier.

This update resolves a newly-discovered, public vulnerability. The vulnerability is documented in the “Vulnerability Details” section of this bulletin.

Note This vulnerability is currently being exploited and was previously discussed by Microsoft in Microsoft Security Advisory 912840.

If a user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.

We recommend that customers apply the update immediately.

Download the patch from:
Windows XP SP1 or SP2
Windows XP 64bit
Windows 2000 SP4
Windows Server RTM or SP1
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems
Windows Server 64bit

View Security Bulletin

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