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Important Patch Update For Windows Users

Sophos : 19 March, 2012  (Technical Article)
Remote desktop protocol flaw needs patching due to activity discovery of malware development in China
Important Patch Update For Windows Users
IT security and data protection firm Sophos is warning Windows users to patch a recently publicised Microsoft vulnerability (known as MS12-020 or the RDP flaw) following the discovery on Chinese websites of proof-of-concept code that tries to exploit a Windows security hole, causing computers to crash.

The critical vulnerability could be exploited to spread a worm automatically between vulnerable computers.  Earlier this week, Microsoft warned that it expected malicious hackers to exploit the flaw within 30 days, and Microsoft and Sophos are urging users to patch their copies of Windows as soon as possible.

"The hackers worked quickly on this particular vulnerability and we've already seen attempts to exploit the flaw which exists in a part of Windows called the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.  "Affected Windows computers will 'blue screen', but I wouldn't be surprised if whoever is writing this code tries to develop the attack further to produce a fast spreading internet worm.  Windows users should consider themselves on high alert and harden their defences by patching their PCs as soon as possible, before we see this worm turn even more malicious."
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