Microsoft Patches Windows Image Problem
Microsoft today issued a software update to fix several serious security problems with the way its Windows computers render digital images.
The most serious of the three vulnerabilities addressed by today's patch -- a problem with Windows' graphics rendering engine -- is present in PCs powered by Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 operating systems.
Microsoft said an attacker could exploit the flaw -- that is, hack into and take over vulnerable machines -- merely by convincing users to view a specially crafted Web page or e-mail.
While Redmond says it has no indication that attackers are exploiting the flaw yet, that will probably be just a matter of time. If you are running any of the operating systems mentioned above, you will need to download and install the update. You can retrieve it by accessing the Microsoft/Windows Update site (you must use Internet Explorer for this task) or by turning on automatic updates.
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