Hackers Smell Blood In Common Windows Interface

    Date25 Sep 2004
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3974
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Since Wednesday, a rising tide of attacks which could precede the arrival of a new worm have been attempting to exploit the Windows GDI . . . Since Wednesday, a rising tide of attacks which could precede the arrival of a new worm have been attempting to exploit the Windows GDI (graphic device interface) for JPEG files, according to the Internet Storm Center, Bethesda, Md.

    GDIs handle and transmit graphics to output devices like monitors and printers. Hackers are attempting to bombard the JPEG GDIs to achieve a buffer overrun that could allow for the execution of malicious code.

    Microsoft made the vulnerability public last week with the issuance of a Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-028.

    Microsoft rates the severity of the threat as critical and advises users to apply an update immediately. Updates and their related Windows operating-system versions can be ...

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