US government warns on Microsoft exploit code

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US government warns on Microsoft exploit code

Antony Savvas

The US Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning to Microsoft users to install the company’s latest round of security patches as quickly as possible.

The unprecedented move by the Department comes as at least one of the security vulnerabilities is already being exploited by remote attackers over the internet.

The Department’s warning, however, was already preceded by a Microsoft warning that one of the patches should be placed at the top of the pile, as the threat it was addressing was already being exploited.

Microsoft issued 12 security patches to fix 23 vulnerabilities in the Windows OS and the Office productivity suite this Tuesday, which was accompanied by its exploit warning.

With the amount of patches users have to contend with, and the fact that companies often want to test them first, the Homeland Security warning could be seen as another helpful nudge.

The Homeland Security warning focuses on Microsoft security bulletin MS06-040, which addresses a Windows server vulnerability that allows remote attackers to take over systems without any user interaction.

 

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