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Two New Windows Flaws Revealed in Time for Christmas
Contributed by: G3nu1n3, at 12/24/2004 07:34:00 PM.

Two new wide-spread and far-reaching security flaws have been identified in Windows. And not content to just identify the flaws, the Chinese “security” firm, VenusTech, has also posted the code necessary to exploit the flaws.

Security firm Symantec warned its clients of the vulnerabilities on Thursday, after the Chinese company that found the flaws published them to the Internet. One vulnerability, in the operating system's LoadImage function, could enable an attacker to compromise a victim's PC when the computer displays a specially crafted image placed on a Web site or in an e-mail. The other vulnerability, in the Windows Help program, likewise could affect any program that opens a Help file. Because the flaws are in a library used by Windows programs, almost all browsers and e-mail clients are likely affected by the flaws, said Alfred Huger, senior director of engineering at Symantec.

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