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Patch Tuesday Preview, And a Windows Warning

Microsoft plans to release just two security updates next week to fix problems with Windows and other software. Meanwhile, the company says it has received reports from Windows XP and Windows 2003 users that criminals are targeting an unpatched flaw in those operating systems.

Microsoft said it is aware of "limited attacks" targeting a vulnerability in a Windows component that handles Macrovision copy protection technology. Macrovision has separately released a patch to plug the security hole, and Microsoft says that it is working with the company to push out an update to fix the problem through its regular monthly patch process.

It's not clear which security holes Microsoft will plug next Tuesday, but if I had to guess I'd wager the company will fix this URI-handling vulnerability that crooks have been exploiting lately to break into Windows machines. Last week, attackers blasted out a run of junk e-mails containing maliciously crafted PDF files that -- when opened -- fetched and installed password-stealing programs on victims' machines.

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By Brian Krebs  |  November 9, 2007; 10:02 AM ET
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Limited attacks, huh?

Posted by: FreewheelinFrank | November 9, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

never mind as long as bill gates has his billions

Posted by: thedarkknight | November 11, 2007 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Will this ever end?

Posted by: ScrivenScript | November 12, 2007 9:39 AM | Report abuse

There is a three day series in the Mercury news, with a number of articles and graphics. The series is titled "Ghosts in the Browser".

The first day featured articles on the Rock Phish group, the Storm worm, and the markets behind the hacking/phishing attacks.

Pretty good stuff.

Posted by: PJ | November 12, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I read this as kind of boilerplate "Americans are dumb" Euro-speak.

Posted by: TIGER | November 23, 2007 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I read this as kind of boilerplate "Americans are dumb" Euro-speak.

Posted by: TIGER | November 23, 2007 7:17 PM | Report abuse

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