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Crack in Microsoft Windows worries US anti-terror officials


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The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urged personal computer owners to immediately fix a dangerous vulnerabililty in Microsoft's Windows operating systems.

Windows runs most of the world's computers and has been a constant target of attacks by worms, trojans, viruses and other malicious software. Microsoft routinely releases security updates and patches.

However, it was unusual for the US government's anti-terrorism department to call on the public to seal a crack in Windows before attackers broke in.

"This vulnerability could impact government systems, private industry and critical infrastructure, as well as individual and home users," the DHS said in a release.

Attackers could take advantage of the software weakness to remotely take control of computers, according to the DHS.

PC users were called on to apply Microsoft security patch MS06-040 "as quickly as possible."

The department said its Computer Emergency Readiness Team was working with Microsoft to protect or minimize the damage to government machines.

Attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in operating systems typically spike in the days after security patches are released.

Computer security professionals advise people to keep their operating system software current and use up-to-date anti-virus programs.

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Thanks for the info Keith
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Updated 14-08-2006

Click this to download the revised patch
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I have a question about this Download is it as important as Microsoft say and should everyone Download it and have any of the staff or Techs downloaded this yet. Thanks
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Yes...it's been installed on my XP machine. It should have shown up as an automatic update if you have the feature enabled. If it has been installed, it will show in Add or Remove Programs as (KB921883).
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Hi Wannabe1
:help: Thanks for your reply that was helpful how is things your end hope your well are you still clearing up the ashes from the wildfires. Take care your Great.

:whistling: Cheyenne 09 :blink:
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Hiya Cheyenne :whistling:

Just wanted to add a comment about your sig. Excellent advice :blink:
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