Microsoft tackles buffer overflow threat

Microsoft is considering whether to issue a patch for a reported security flaw that causes certain applications to crash.

Microsoft is considering whether to issue a patch for a reported security flaw that causes certain applications to crash.
 
The flaw could potentially cause a buffer overflow, allowing remote attackers to run malicious code on users’ machines. It can cause applications like the Internet Explorer browser to crash when tricked into clicking on an overly long web link.
 
The problem affects both Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 and has been reported by security software company Secunia.
 
Microsoft may issue a patch for the problem as part of its monthly scheduled patching cycle - this would be 13 June at the earliest.
 
The company said no system had so far been targeted as a result of the flaw.
 
Microsoft is already considering issuing a patch to stop a publicly reported flaw in Microsoft Word, which is already targeting systems in the wild.

 

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