IE flaw and WMP flaw patched by Microsoft

By Justin Mann on February 15, 2006, 11:30 AM
Microsoft warned users yesterday of some new security flaws discovered in Internet Explorer and WMP. Both could end up in a compromised machine being remote controlled, and are given the “critical” rating. For WMP, the problem lies in the theming capabilities of the program resulting in a malformed file being able to infect a machine. Safe browsing habits and safe downloading habits will help protect you from this. Both of these issues already have patches available, so if security is a pressing concern to you, visit Microsofts site and download the patches immediately, or you can wait until they are pulled from automatic updates. There haven't been any reported incidents of people being compromised as a result of these flaws, so hopefully they will get patched up before long with no incident.




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sngx1275 said:
Good for Microsoft, here is a perfect example of a flaw being found and them fixing it quickly. This probably happens a lot, just everyone gets all excited when a flaw is found and Microsoft doesn't have an immediate fix.
exscind said:
Yeah, can't say I've heard or seen any incidents with hackers exploiting those flaws, but Microsoft patched them up anyway. You won't hear me say positive things about MS too much, but nice job Microsoft :). That's how it should be; discovering and fixing flaws before they are exploited.
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