Critical vulnerability found in in JPEG Processing

By Julio Franco
Sep 15, 2004
  1. A buffer overrun vulnerability affecting many Microsoft OS and applications (including Office) has been patched. The problem exists in the processing of JPEG image formats that could allow remote code execution on an affected system. Good news is, if you are running SP2 you should be safe, otherwise we recommend, patch your system inmediately.

    If a user is logged on with administrator privileges, an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system, including installing programs; viewing, changing, or deleting data; or creating new accounts with full privileges. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer privileges on the system would be at less risk than users who operate with administrative privileges.
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Guess this adds the argument you see in the linux world all the time: never run as root unless its absolutely necessary. People try to tell you that in Windows too, but I don't like to reboot anytime I want to do something, and then reboot again so I can get back to my neutered account.

    I did see this on another news site earlier and someone had an amusing comment it was something like: now surfing for pr0n is no longer considered safe sex.
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