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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:05 pm 
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Does anyone know any more about this alleged loophole thatn's being said on the various news channels? Had one or two people asking me, and I hadn't even heard of it til then...

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Actually, old news. Started in 2008, I think. Not sure on that one, though. Anyway, it's an ActiveX problem with DirectShow, and only affects XP and older, and Server 2003 and older. Vista and Windows 7 do not seem to be affected, as far as I've heard so far. IE8 is also not affected. Even if it were, it's the same ballgame........get an email, click on a link, get infected. It's not a drive-by thing, you have to actively get yourself booby-trapped. If this might be an issue, and you have a reason not to upgrade to IE8, just disable the ActiveX control for DirectShow.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972890

Not a whole lot there, but give it a lookover. It's been kicking around for awhile, just for some reason the news got ahold of it, and didn't research that they'd already covered this a year and a half ago.

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Ah. At the moment they're blaming it for Google being attacked by China or something...

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Yeah, I saw that one. Not just Google (Gmail, specifically, not the whole network), but 30 other high profile companies as well. Isn't something the average 'net surfer would even see. The servers used to deploy the attack are in the US, and they just traced the connecting IP addresses back to China or one of their proxies. Some news idiot jumped the gun and said malware was deployed by PDF, even though the security scans showed no vunerability in Acrobat.

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No matter what, not surfing with IE right now until they fix it, whatever the hole is. I know code was posted so you can be sure an exploit is out there.

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I'm not overly worried about it. I only click a link from somebody I know, it doesn't appear to affect my OS and browser, just smart surfing. I mountain bike like a maniac, but I also pick my lines carefully too. :wink:

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