Microsoft unveils shield for critical Windows flaw as attack code looms

Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 @ 13:14:55 PDT in Security
by Raven

Southern writes:  
Urges users to run single-click tool before hackers exploit 'decently wormable' flaw
With attack code that exploits a critical unpatched bug in Windows likely to go public soon, Microsoft wants users to run an automated tool that disables the vulnerable component.
The bug in SMB (Server Message Block) 2, a Microsoft-made network file- and print-sharing protocol that ships with Windows, affects Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and preview releases of Windows 7.
When the flaw was first disclosed Sept. 7, it was thought that attacks would only crash PCs, causing the notorious Blue Screen of Death. Since then, however, researchers have figured out how to create exploits that can be used to hijack a vulnerable computer.

more: Computerworld
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