Microsoft patches 'critical' crack in Windows

Aug 03, 2010
Microsoft released an emergency patch for a "critical" crack in Windows operating system software that could let hackers take control of computers over the Internet.

Microsoft released an emergency patch for a "critical" crack in Windows operating system software that could let hackers take control of computers over the Internet.

"The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if the icon of a specially crafted shortcut is displayed," the US technology giant said in a security bulletin ranked 'Critical.'

"An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the local user."

Computer users commonly use short-cuts in the form of on-screen icons they can click to instantly awaken favored applications.

The Windows flaw lets hackers booby-trap such icons with that could let them control machines from afar.

Microsoft routinely releases software patches the second Tuesday of each month but resorts to making patches available "out of band" when it deems situations dangerous.

"Several families of malware have been attempting to attack this ," Microsoft Trustworthy Computing response manager Christopher Budd wrote in a blog post.

"We firmly believe that releasing the update out of band is the best thing to do to help protect our customers."

Some attacks have reportedly been directed at power plants and other vital infrastructure. People using computers running on any version of Windows software were urged to apply the update immediately.

Explore further: Catch the northern lights with your mobile

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Microsoft probing new hole in IE security

Feb 03, 2010

Fresh from patching an Internet Explorer (IE) flaw exploited in cyberattacks on Google and other firms, Microsoft is looking into a newly exposed vulnerability in the browser software.

Microsoft to patch 17-year-old bug

Feb 08, 2010

(PhysOrg.com) -- Microsoft's February security update will include a patch for a bug that dates back to Windows NT 3.1, which was released in July 1993. The vulnerability has been present but undetected in ...

Recommended for you

Catch the northern lights with your mobile

Jan 26, 2015

Updates on the best opportunities to spot the Northern Lights in the UK are now available on a mobile phone app developed in association with scientists at Lancaster University.

App improves the safety of blind pedestrians in cities

Jan 22, 2015

Siemens is developing a system that helps blind and visually impaired people walk safely through cities. In cooperation with the Technical University of Braunschweig and several partners, Siemens is working ...

Nadella: Microsoft aspires to get consumers 'loving Windows'

Jan 22, 2015

Microsoft upped its bid to capture the hearts and minds of technology consumers Wednesday with Windows 10, announcing everything from free upgrades for the majority of Windows users to support for nascent holographic dis ...

WhatsApp adds messaging from Web

Jan 21, 2015

The popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook last year for nearly $22 billion, unveiled a new service Wednesday for sending messages from a Web browser.

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

getgoa
1 / 5 (1) Aug 03, 2010
I don't know what a power plant has to do with a personal computer at home?
MustaI
2 / 5 (4) Aug 03, 2010
Actually MS is issuing over fifty of critical patches per year. Should we read about all of them here?

http://www.micros...ent.aspx

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.