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Every version of Windows hit by "critical" security flaw


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An attacker can install malware on all affected systems??

 

Yep. As usual it behooves folks with limited bandwidth to go to the library or Starbucks/McDonalds if their data limits are too low/slow to do updates.

 

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"Microsoft has patched a security vulnerability found in every supported version of Windows, which if exploited could allow an attacker to take over a system.

 

The software giant said in a bulletin posted Tuesday as part of its monthly release of security fixes that the the "critical" flaw could let an attacker remotely install malware, which can be used to modify or delete data, or create new accounts with full user rights.

 

The "critical"-rated flaw affects Windows Vista and later -- including Windows Server 2008 and later.

 

Those who are logged in as an administrator, such as some home accounts and server users, are at the greatest risk.

 

An attacker could exploit the flaw by conducting a man-in-the-middle attack on a system or print server and injecting malicious code. That's possible because the print spooler service doesn't properly validate print drivers when installing a printer.

 

Nicolas Beauchesne, a security researcher at Vectra Networks, who was credited with finding the flaw, explained in a blog post how the flaw works."

 

For that blog link and the rest of the article go here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/every-version-of-windows-hit-by-critical-security-flaw/?ftag=TREc64629f&bhid=19724681974700635514865380622813

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