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What Color is a Security Hole?

Computer attacks is space are no longer the stuff of science fiction, recently, laptops on international space station on the international space turned out to have computer viruses, NASA Believes that the malware a pass word stealer that the targets online games, may have infected the laptops via USB thumb drive that one of the astronauts carried aboard, while it wasn’t much of a threat, it just goes to s how the little buggers are everywhere.

One flaw in the largely forgotten windows image color management (ICM) system allows a villain to take over your pc if you view a tainted image displayed on a web page or embedded in office document or email. This is one of 19 holes for which Microsoft issued six critical patches; attackers could use them for their malicious creations (no booster rocket required).

Though ICM (meant to ensure that colors display correctly on different devices) never cough on, the insecure code still resides in windows 2000 service pack 4 (SP4) through XP SP3 and windows server 2003, vista users are safe. Luckily for us, Microsoft distributed the patch via automatic updates before real world attacks could erupt.

Another must have patch fixes five major holes in internet explorer, both IE 6 and IE 7 are vulnerable on all supported version of windows, from windows 2000 SP4 through vista SP1, the flaws allow targeting of an affected pc via, as usual, rigged web pages or poisoned banner ads, crackers have publish proof of concept code online for one these holes, but no known active attacks have struck against any of them, before that changes grab the fix from automatic updates.

IE isn’t the only browser at risk on the heels of last month’s opera 9.51 update, the company issued another seven serious security fixes in version 9.52, along with a fix for a Gmail display problem. Opera lack an auto-update feature, so you’ll need to download the new version of the browser.

Last month warned about unpatched hole in Microsoft shapshot viewer for the access database, which could allow a crook to nail anyone with a vulnerable version of office with access or an internet explorer plug-in that display data base reports, office 2000, 2002 and 2003 are at risk, but not office 2007.

Microsoft has since released holes that are rated critical for excel and power point 2000, along with three another critical flaws in excel and two power point bugs, yet another office 2000 patch corrects five security glitches in various filters for importing .eps, .bmp, and .pict graphics file into office, grab all the fixes using automatic updates.

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