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Skype plugs hole in VoIP software
Contributed by: mankool, at 11/16/2004 07:43:00 PM.

Peer-to-peer phone company Skype has updated its Internet telephony software, patching a critical flaw in its client for Microsoft Windows-based systems.

The vulnerability could allow attackers to take control of a Skype user's PC after the victim clicks on a specially created URL, security information provider Secunia said Monday. By including a long string of characters in the link, the attacker could trigger a memory error known as a buffer overflow that could then be exploited to run a program.

"Successful exploitation may allow execution of arbitrary code," Secunia said. It has ranked the flaw as "highly critical"--its second-highest rating.

Skype acknowledged the security hole in its release notes for the update. "We became aware of a security threat late last week and moved to correct it," said Kelly Larabee, a spokeswoman for Skype. "We encourage users to download the latest version."

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