Information Security Alert - New Virus Released !!!!!!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by TheMusicMan, Jan 5, 2006.

  1. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    A new security vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft Windows Operating Systems, including Windows XP, and as of this week new viruses have been released that take advantage of this vulnerability.

    The viruses are contained within a particular type of Graphics file known as Windows Meta Files (WMF) - these files will have an extension of WMF so that file names appear as follows:

    FileName.WMF

    The method of propagation for these files will vary. They may be sent as e-mail attachments or may be deployed to web site and a link to the site then distributed via e-mail. Files and links might also be sent via Instant Messaging communication.

    Microsoft are currently testing a software patch to resolve this issue but it will not be available for deployment until the 10th January.

    Your Anti-Virus software is regularly updated with the latest updates that are expected to detect the current known viruses using this method of infection but until the patch is available we all need to be vigilant.
    The following steps should be taken:
    • Do not open attachments on e-mails if you do not know who the sender is, or the e-mail looks suspicious
    • Do not access links to web sites within e-mails if you do not know who the sender is, or the e-mail looks suspicious
    • Do not accept file transfers within Instant Messaging conversations if you do not know the other party in the conversation
    • Do not access links provided during Instant Messaging conversations if you do not know the other party in the conversation
     
  2. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    If you're feeling unsafe, you can download an unofficial patch (not released by microsoft, but it has been investigated and approved by several anti-virus software companies). The person who released the patch (a high profile computer security expert) advises to use this patch until the official microsoft patch is released next week. This is his weblog: http://www.hexblog.com/
     

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