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Old 01-05-2006, 09:12 AM   #1
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Default Especially vile Win security problem

There is news of an image-based virus affecting Windows. (Microsoft has announced that it will release a patch next Tuesday.)

According to a message by Sidney M. on the Tapcis Forum:
Here is what the vulnerability is: Microsoft in its infinite wisdom designed an image file format WMF that allows an image file to contain executable code that is run by Windows when it displays the file. That gives the creator of the image file the ability to design creative and non-standard things and have the code in the file "help" Windows display it.
He recommends that Windows users should not wait for the MS release and patch their systems right away. He has posted instructions in this message on Tapcis.

Perhaps you all already know about this, but just in case you don’t, you might want to take his advice.

   
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See http://www.desktoppublishingforum.co...ead.php?t=1752 ;-)

   
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Thanks KT. Good to have a Mac person looking out for us. :-)

   
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Old 01-05-2006, 09:48 AM   #4
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See DTP Forum thread 1752 ;-)
Oh, gee — I should have known you would be on top of this.

Thanks, Kelvyn.

   
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Thanks KT. Good to have a Mac person looking out for us. :-)
Think nothing of it. (Appears that Kelvyn was ahead of me, but if you didn’t see his thread, then this one is not a total waste!)

I missed it because I always feel as if I have seen threads about Windows security problems already! Tsk ...

   
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KT:

Thanks too for bringing this quote (from Tapcis) to our attention:

'Microsoft in its infinite wisdom designed an image file format WMF that allows an image file to contain executable code that is run by Windows when it displays the file'

Microsoft designed the file when Windows 3 (!) was designed; it has taken until last month for some clever clogs to realize that it gave them a way to disrupt Windows, and until last week for more clever clogs to exclaim, 'Tut, tut!'.

The only thing we can do for te moment is disable the file in question (for meanwhile, there are other programs that allow you to view WMF pictures).

   
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