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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

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 Killer JPEGs gone wild

Microsoft yesterday published a patch for a major security flaw in its software's handling of the JPEG graphics format and urged customers to use a new tool to locate the many applications that are vulnerable.

The critical flaw has to do with how Microsoft's operating systems and other software process the widely used JPEG image format and could let attackers create an image file that would run a malicious program on a victim's computer as soon as the file is viewed. Because the software giant's Internet Explorer browser is vulnerable, Windows users could fall prey to an attack just by visiting a Web site that has affected images.

People, get patched. Then, for humanity's sake, stop using Windows! Switch to Linux. If my tech-unsaavy wife and young kids can use it so can you. At the very least, use a safer browser like Mozilla or Firefox.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or get a Mac!

12:41 PM  

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