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Windows 7: Windows plagued by 17-year-old privilege escalation bug

19 Jan 2010   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Windows plagued by 17-year-old privilege escalation bug

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A security researcher at Google is recommending computer users make several configuration changes to protect themselves against a previously unknown vulnerability that allows untrusted users to take complete control of systems running most versions of Microsoft Windows.
The vulnerability resides in a feature known as the Virtual DOS Machine, which Microsoft introduced in 1993 with Windows NT, according to this writeup penned by Tavis Ormandy of Google. Using code written for the VDM, an unprivileged user can inject code of his choosing directly into the system's kernel, making it possible to make changes to highly sensitive parts of the operating system.
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Windows plagued by 17-year-old privilege escalation bug ? The Register


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20 Jan 2010   #2
dmex

 

All 32-bit versions of all Windows are vulnerable.
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20 Jan 2010   #3
thibault

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
 
 

what if you have 64-bit?
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20 Jan 2010   #4
dmex

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thibault View Post
what if you have 64-bit?
64bit doesn't come with the Virtual DOS Machine (VDM) or 16bit support, its not vulnerable
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20 Jan 2010   #5
CoolioG

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Meh, 32-bit sucks anyways.
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20 Jan 2010   #6
Lebon14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CoolioG View Post
Meh, 32-bit sucks anyways.
Hum hum!
I AM RUNNING 32-bits. Get back those words . That's the only machine I can use, I don't have money to upgrade even if I dream to. OK? It's NOT everyone that can or want to go 64-bits!
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20 Jan 2010   #7
psikofunkster

Windows 7 32 bits.
 
 

What it sucks even more is that there is not 64 bits versions for all the windows software out there.
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20 Jan 2010   #8
JordanJP

Windows 7 baby ! : D
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by psikofunkster View Post
What it sucks even more is that there is not 64 bits versions for all the windows software out there.
well the market is now embracing 64bit computing much better than it did in the past. Within a year or 2 expect a fade out of 32bit.
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21 Jan 2010   #9
KazeNoKoe23

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CoolioG View Post
Meh, 32-bit sucks anyways.
So much for the netbook market. Shame too, it seemed like such a good idea.
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21 Jan 2010   #10
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KazeNoKoe23 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CoolioG View Post
Meh, 32-bit sucks anyways.
So much for the netbook market. Shame too, it seemed like such a good idea.
I actually wouldn't use the sarcasm here...the netbook market has flared up and died down while multiple articles out there posting how the marketing focus is shifting from netbooks to just lightier notebooks...

In essence they are calling the netbook almost dead...besides we all know that the Atom CPU will be 64-bit in not to long if netbooks catch back up
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