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Windows 7: Race on between hackers, Microsoft over IE zero-day

24 Nov 2009   #1

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Race on between hackers, Microsoft over IE zero-day

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Race on between hackers, Microsoft over IE zero-day

Game on as bad guys try to make public attack code reliable, say researchers

By Gregg Keizer
November 24, 2009 04:02 PM ET

Computerworld - Hackers are racing to build reliable exploits to use against a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE), putting pressure on Microsoft to push out a patch before attacks go public, researchers said today.

Yesterday, Microsoft first confirmed that new exploit code could compromise PCs running Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) and Internet Explorer 7 (IE7), then later in the day issued a security advisory that said Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista users were at risk.

Because the attack code had been publicly posted to a widely-read mailing list, researchers today said that the clock has started.

"This is clearly a critical vulnerability, and as bad as it gets," said Ben Greenbaum, a senior research manager with Symantec's security response team. "It is a race, yes, it certainly is," he added when asked whether hackers and Microsoft are pitted in a drag race.
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