Microsoft Will Fix 17-Year-Old Bug
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The latest security update from Microsoft will patch a bug in Windows that has existed for 17 years. It first appeared in Windows NT 3.1 and has been incorporated into most versions of Windows since then. The security update will also fix 25 other holes, five of which are critical.
The old bug was discovered by a security researcher at Google in January 2010. It involves a utility that allows new versions of Windows to run old programs. The researcher was able to exploit Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 due to this bug. Microsoft will patch the bug in its February security update.
The security update will also fix bugs in Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2004 (the Mac version of Office 2003). This update is not the largest released by Microsoft—the October 2009 security update fixed 34 flaws, eight of which were critical. Microsoft also has recently released a patch for a vulnerability in Internet Explorer that is thought to have led to the attacks on Google in China.
Via BBC News, image via BBC News.