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Friday, December 30th, 2005, 2:21 pm

Windows Users, Be Alert

Shark attacks

HERE I am to report about yet another critical Windows bug, which many others have blogged about already. This DLL-based exploit has floated about for quite a while. It has now grown tremendously in terms of its scale though.

The victimised user can be infected merely by opening an E-mail message with a graphics files embedded. Older versions of Outlook, for example, have no protection against that. A short visit to a Web site can lead to a malicious program installed on Windows workstations. This flaw was described can be ‘severe’ and it comes at a rather sensitive time of the year. This whole situation relates to a post of mine from yesterday.

As Matt Cutts put it:

…new exploit of the Windows WMF graphics rendering engine that applies to Windows versions from 98 to XP. This is a pretty nasty exploit… You’ll lose some thumbnail previews and such, but if you want to be safe until a patch is available, click Start->Run and then type “regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll” to disable the vulnerable DLL.

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