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NEWS - November 16, 2006

Exploits Surface For Critical Microsoft Bug

Both proof-of-concept exploit code and a public exploit have popped up for the bug fixed in MS06-070, a security update that patched Windows 2000's and Windows XP's Workstation Service.

By Gregg Keizer

Nov 16, 2006 03:36 PM

Just two days after Microsoft patched 13 vulnerabilities, programmers have crafted working exploits against a pair of bugs, one of them dubbed critical, security researchers said Thursday.

Both proof-of-concept exploit code and a public exploit have popped up for the bug fixed in MS06-070, a security update that patched Windows 2000's and Windows XP's Workstation Service, a routing service used by the operating system to determine if file or print requests originate locally or remotely. Microsoft pegged MS06-070 with its "critical" ranking, the highest threat warning it assigns updates.

"We've confirmed exploit code from two different sources," said Amol Sarwate, the manager of Qualys' vulnerability lab. "The window [of time] to exploit is definitely shrinking."


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Microsoft Keeps Software Update Services Alive Until July

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SUS was to be dropped on Dec. 6, about a week before next month's regularly scheduled security releases. Now, SUS will be kept on life support until July 10.

By Gregg Keizer

Nov 16, 2006 01:14 PM

Just weeks before it was slated to retire Software Update Services, Microsoft announced that it has extended the life of the aged patching software by seven months.

SUS was to be dropped on Dec. 6, about a week before next month's regularly scheduled security releases; corporate users were to have moved on to the newer Windows Server Update Services by then. Now, however, SUS will be kept on life support until July 10.

"In response to customer feedback, and to provide customers with additional time to migrate off Software Update Services 1.0, we've gone ahead and announced an extension," said Mike Reavy, program manager with the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), on the group's blog.


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Worm uses Real Media files to infect

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Dan Kaplan Nov 16 2006 20:22
McAfee is warning of a new worm that modifies Real Media files and launches a malicious website without a user prompt.

Once the page is open, the worm can spread over network drives and shared files to "download whatever the (malware) author wants to download," Craig Schmugar, threat researcher with McAfee Avert Labs, told SCMagazine.com on Wednesday.

The worm initially infects a user's PC when he or she is duped into downloading an executable that scans the system for RMVB (Real Media Variable Bitrate) files to target, he said.

While McAfee has seen only localized outbreaks of the worm, particularly in the Far East, users should exercise caution when playing seemingly safe video files, Schmugar said. The problem is further exacerbated by the rise of peer-to-peer file sharing.


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Experts raise Windows security alarm

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By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

Published: November 16, 2006

Computer code that exploits a "critical" Windows 2000 vulnerability has been released on the Internet, increasing the likelihood of attacks, experts warned Thursday.

The code takes advantage of a security hole in a key operating system component that routes file system and print requests called the "Workstation Service." On Windows 2000 systems, the flaw could be exploited via the Net by an anonymous attacker without any user interaction, raising the possibility of the arrival of a Zotob-like worm.

"Somebody could write a piece of code that targets Windows 2000, and that replicates itself, and then you would have a worm go around the Internet," said Monty IJzerman, senior manager in McAfee's Global Threat Group.


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Apple's Mac Computers Attracting More Buyers And Hackers

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Apple Computer (AAPL) users have been spared from the viruses, worms and spyware that have plagued computers running Microsoft (MSFT)Windows.

But they shouldn't get too smug about it.

Hacker interest in attacking Apple's Macintosh has been on the rise, according to security software maker McAfee. (MFE)

McAfee found that vulnerabilities for the Macintosh went up 228% from 2003 to 2005 vs. a 78% increase for Microsoft Windows.

The Windows increase came off a much larger base ? in sheer numbers, its vulnerabilities dwarfed those on the Macintosh. But Apple users should heed the warning.


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