Microsoft Releases Critical Security Patch for Windows
by Tim Stevens, posted Oct 24th 2008 at 4:02PM
Microsoft Releases Critical Security Patch for WindowsAhh, another day, another major security flaw affecting millions of computers worldwide. Microsoft is the one at fault this time, with a new vulnerability discovered that impacts every version of Windows from XP and earlier, a flaw so serious the company felt compelled to break out of its usual routine of releasing updates on the second Tuesday of every month.
The flaw is in the Remote Procedure Call, or RPC portion of Windows, which could enable a hacker to run software on your machine without having to be physically close to the computer -- in other words, hackers could run software on your machine from the other side of the globe. You wouldn't even have to visit a corrupted Web page or download any software; This virus would come to you, similar to how the Blaster worm of 2003 spread... and spread. The patch fixes the issue, and you should update your machine soon through Windows Auto Update, lest you become a statistic. [From: USA Today]