Glad Microsoft are on top of it...

  Seth Haniel 12:44 05 Feb 10

Microsoft to patch 17-year old computer bug

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A 17-year old bug in Windows will be patched by Microsoft in its latest security update.

The February update for Windows will close the loophole that involves the venerable DOS operating system.

First appearing in Windows NT 3.1, the vulnerability has been carried over into almost every version of Windows that has appeared since.

  interzone55 14:01 05 Feb 10

To be fair the bug was only spotted by a Google researcher last month...

  Seth Haniel 14:11 05 Feb 10

they wouldn't report it :)

  interzone55 17:21 05 Feb 10

Most flaws are reported by hackers, as they have the right mindset to find flaws - programmers tend to think logically, so miss these security holes.

Don't assume all hackers are out to steal your bank details, many get all the satisfaction they need finding and reporting bugs...

  Forum Editor 17:44 05 Feb 10

years earlier they wouldn't report it :)"

Oh yes they would. These people fall over themselves to be first to report these things. The fact that this bug is 17 years old means that nobody spotted it before, and nobody has exploited it.

In other words it's a big yawn.

  OTT_B 18:00 05 Feb 10

The only problem is that now that it has been reported, it has to be fixed, which MS have taken care of quite quickly.

I.e. there is no problem. Case closed.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 18:09 05 Feb 10

Paranoia 1 - People's irrational fears 0.


  Toneman 18:11 05 Feb 10

Thought your thread title referred to their proposal for a licence before surfing...

  ronalddonald 20:58 05 Feb 10

the bugs been around for 17 years and micro didnt know about and they think they have the knowledge and expertise to deal with it, why do i c this as very flaw as they did with windows 98 and windows xp!

  Forum Editor 23:11 05 Feb 10

Pay attention - nobody knew about it for 17 years because it is insignificant, and wasn't anyone. Now it has been spotted, and it's been fixed by Microsoft. The story - if ever there was one - is over.

You can sleep easy tonight.

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