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First Vista security patch

by Nikola Strahija on January 15th, 2006 The first critical security update for Windows Vista was on its way this weekend, Microsoft sending it to all beta testers running the Windows Vista December CTP and Windows Vista Beta 1.


With the patch came the warning that the new operating system was vulnerable to a remote code execution flaw in the Graphics Rendering Engine.

According to a Microsoft spokesperson, Vista patch addresses the same vulnerability that led to the WMF (Windows Metafile) malware attacks earlier this month.

Although Microsoft people forgot to mention Vista too was voulnerable to WMF bug, the release of this weekend's patch makes it clear that the poorly designed "SetAbortProc," the function that allows printing jobs to be cancelled, was ported over to Vista.

Some more paranoid among us suspect Microsoft embaded WMF flaw on purpose, as a "back door", but the software giant denies it.


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