Windows PCs face ‘huge’ virus threat

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Windows PCs face ‘huge’ virus threat
By Kevin Allison in San Francisco
Published: January 2 2006 18:18 | Last updated: January 2 2006 22:19

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The flaw, which allows hackers to infect computers using programs maliciously inserted into seemingly innocuous image files, was first discovered last week. But the potential for damaging attacks increased dramatically at the weekend after a group of computer hackers published the source code they used to exploit it. Unlike most attacks, which require victims to download or execute a suspect file, the new vulnerability makes it possible for users to infect their computers with spyware or a virus simply by viewing a web page, e-mail or instant message that contains a contaminated image.

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I heard about this the other day. There is a quick fix for it and an unofficial patch, but the quick fix has side effects.

Nifty Information on either:
http://forums.pcper.com/showthread.php?t=410996

Hopefully Microsoft'll get off their butts and get to work on a fix soon. In the meantime, I suggest people be wary of links from strange sources.
 
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