Feeds

Windows source code exploit released

That didn't take long...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

The leak of Windows source code last week has already enabled a hacker to create an exploit.

Days after portions of the Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0 source code were illegally leaked onto the Web, an anonymous hacker has found a buffer overflow flaw and crafted an exploit.

The attack relies on a vulnerability in the way that IE 5 processes bitmap files. This could allow an attacker to inject hostile code into vulnerable systems, according to an advisory published by the Security Tracker vulnerability database.

This exploit is chiefly noteworthy because of how it was developed rather than its severity or other factors (IE 6.0 is reportedly not vulnerable to the exploit). IE exploits are hardly a rarity, despite Microsoft's best efforts to reduce their frequency through its much publicised Trustworthy Computing initiative.

White hat hackers yesterday created an exploit for the latest critical flaw in Microsoft Windows, just days after the vulnerability made headlines worldwide.

This flaw involves a vulnerability in Microsoft's Abstract Syntax Notation 1 (ASN.1) library which could be applied to seize control of vulnerable systems.

Say what you like about them, these hackers work fast... ®

Related Stories

MS Windows source code escapes onto Internet
MS partner fingered in Windows code leak, Linux box implicated
Flaw on Tuesday, exploit by Monday
MS releases double-plus critical security fix

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches
'Applying multiple security updates is extremely difficult'
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole
Update your gear now to avoid early attacks hitting the web
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Who.is does the Harlem Shake
Blame it on LOLing XSS terroristas
Researchers tell black hats: 'YOU'RE SOOO PREDICTABLE'
Want to register that domain? We're way ahead of you.
Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished
UK data watchdog rolls up its sleeves, polishes truncheon
Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT
Gets back up again after half an hour though
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.