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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

New Patch Issued for Virus

Microsoft has issued a new patch for a nasty virus that should be downloaded right away. The virus exploits a flaw in the Microsoft program which allows a hacker to take over your computer.

This flaw has been called many things by many vendors, but is currently best known as the "ANI exploit", or "animated cursor exploit".

The basic issue created by the potential exploit has been well-described by folks in the media, including several security experts, but in a nutshell, hackers have figured out a new way how to run malicious code using a Windows file commonly used to render cursors, and are using the user32.dll application located within the System32 folder as their engine of choice.

From the standpoint of propagation, the threat is pretty nasty: you can catch this virus simply by peering at an infected web page, or staring at the preview pane of your pre-2007 version of Outlook. It appears to infect IE and Firefox similarly.

Click on the title of this article to go to the entire article in In Security.

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