‘Computer security experts were grappling with the threat of a new weakness in Microsoft
s Windows operating system that could put hundreds of millions of PCs at risk of infection by spyware or viruses.
The news marks the latest security setback for Microsoft, the world
s biggest software company, whose Windows operating system is a favourite target for hackers.
The potential [security threat] is huge,
said Mikko Hypp
nen, chief research officer at F-Secure, an antivirus company.
s probably bigger than for any other vulnerability we
ve seen. Any version of Windows is vulnerable right now.
The vulnerabilty appears to be yet another exploit involving running malicious codes through images. Didn’t you guys just supposedly fix this?
(Update: Nicholas Weaver posted a link in our Comments section directing us to instruction to an unofficial patch, along with the portent: “It really is that serious.” Microsoft’s patch? Due on January 10th.)