Watch those image file downloads, New Virus Threat

by Brad Isaac on January 3, 2006

There is a brand new virus threat on the horizon and it looks like a biggie. According to quite a few sources I’ve read, the “Holy Grail” of virus code has been found. What the hades are you talking about Brad?

Apparently, virus writers and hackers can now embed virus code into pictures and when you view the pictures…boom! It will execute the code on your computer. Sources say it also can infect any Windows computer running any OS written after 1990. There is an unofficial patch out there (I am not advising it, but it is there if you want it.)

Be sure and update your virus scanner and keep it updated. I estimate the official patch will be available sometime today or tomorrow at the latest.

Link: Microsoft Security Advisory (912840): Vulnerability in Graphics Rendering Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution..

On Tuesday, December 27, 2005, Microsoft became aware of public reports of malicious attacks on some customers involving a previously unknown security vulnerability in the Windows Meta File (WMF) code area in the Windows platform.

Upon learning of the attacks, Microsoft mobilized under its Software Security Incident Response Process (SSIRP) to analyze the attack, assess its scope, define an engineering plan, and determine the appropriate guidance for customers, as well as to engage with anti-virus partners and law enforcement.

Microsoft confirmed the technical details of the attack on December 28, 2005 and immediately began developing a security update for the WMF vulnerability on an expedited track.

Microsoft has completed development of the security update for the vulnerability. The security update is now being localized and tested to ensure quality and application compatibility. Microsoft’s goal is to release the update on Tuesday, January 10, 2006, as part of its monthly release of security bulletins. This release is predicated on successful completion of quality testing.

The update will be released worldwide simultaneously in 23 languages for all affected versions of Windows once it passes a series of rigorous testing procedures. It will be available on Microsoft’s Download Center, as well as through Microsoft Update and Windows Update. Customers who use Windows’ Automatic Updates feature will be delivered the fix automatically.

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Brad Isaac January 5, 2006 at 1:20 pm

Microsoft is expected to release their official patch on Jan. 10th.

Nick Caverson June 16, 2008 at 1:38 am

I know at the time I am commenting on this post it is quite old but I wanted to voice my utter repulsion when a new virus pops on the scene. I just hate it and it makes me want to curl up in a ball in the corner and unplug my computer fear a new one may get me. Anyway back to reality… just backup regularly and keep your antivirus software upto date and most times you will be fine. It is when you starting taking chances for whatever reason that one gets in trouble.

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