A hacker group released source code late last week designed to exploit a widespread Microsoft (microsoft.com) Windows vulnerability. The release of the code opens the door for a major worm attack. In Security Bulletin MS03-026, Microsoft listed the vulnerability as “critical,” and advised all system administrators to apply the patch immediately. Systems affected include Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Microsoft Windows NT. 4.0 – Terminal Services Edition, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Some analysts see the flaw as potentially the most widespread ever found in Windows. The vulnerability is yet another affecting the recently launched Windows Server 2003 platform. Billed as the company’s most secure product ever, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 was the first operating system to be released under the “Trustworthy Computing” initiative, a program organized by Bill Gates and designed to focus Microsoft’s efforts on building secure software. Full Story
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