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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Microsoft Patches Major Windows Flaw - Update Your System Today!

Microsoft has just released a fix for the major flaw that I wrote about a few days ago. This is far ahead of their initial estimate that the fix would arrive on Tuesday. I highly recommend that everyone install this patch, as there is no other protection available. You may see this update appears as an automatic update, if you have that feature enabled on your PC.

You can install the fix immediatly by running Windows Update, visiting http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com or downloading and installing the fix from http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms06-001.mspx

From Microsoft.com...

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-001
Vulnerability in Graphics Rendering Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution (912919)

Executive Summary:

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.

Thanks to Kevin Devin and George Starcher at the In The Trenches podcast for the quick notification of this patch. You can find their podcast at http://kevindevin.com/

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