Critical Windows Metafile Flaw Being Exploited

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2005-12-29 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Updated: Code for what Secunia is deeming an "extremely critical flaw" in Windows Metafile Format files is being exploited on fully patched systems. Avoiding attack is simple, researchers note: Don't

Microsoft Corp. has issued a security advisory for what Secunia is deeming an "extremely critical flaw" in Windows Metafile Format (.wmf) that is now being exploited on fully patched systems by malicious attackers.

Websense Security Labs is tracking thousands of sites distributing the exploit code from a site called iFrameCASH BUSINESS.

That site and numerous others are distributing spyware and other unwanted software, replacing users' desktop backgrounds with a message that warns of spyware infection and which prompts the user to enter credit card information to pay for a "spyware cleaning" application to remove the detected spyware.

Vulnerable operating systems include a slew of Windows Server 2003 editions: Datacenter Edition, Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition and Web Edition. Also at risk are Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional, making both home users and businesses open to attack.

In this fluid attack, researchers have kept up a steady stream of new details about the extent of the exploit's reach, with Google Desktop being the latest reported vector.

F-Secure reported on Wednesday that Google Desktop tries to index image files with the exploit, executing it in the process. F-Secure reports that this exploitation-via-indexing may wind up occurring with other desktop search engines as well.

Read the full story on eWEEK.com: Critical Impact: Windows Metafile Flaw a 'Zero-Day Exploit'

 
 
 
 
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.
 
 
 
 
 
























 
 
 
 
 
 

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