Microsoft issues patch for WMF vulnerability

by admin February 15, 2006 at 12:37 pm

Microsoft released seven security bulletins as part of its monthly update on Tuesday, including a “critical” patch for a Windows Meta File vulnerability in Internet Explorer.

The Redmond, Washington-based software maker also rated another patch for a vulnerability in Windows Media Player 7.1 as “critical.” The five other bulletins were rated “important.”

The update for Internet Explorer follows a security advisory the company issued last week after the WMF flaw was discovered. The flaw exists only in IE 5.01 with Service Pack 4 on Windows 2000 and IE 5.5 with Service Pack 2 on Windows ME, Microsoft said in the security advisory.

Exploiting the vulnerability means that someone could seize control of an affected system. Microsoft also recommended last week that users upgrade to IE6 with Service Pack 1.

Microsoft also patched Windows Media Player 7.1, on Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000, Windows Media Player 8 on Windows XP (up to and including SP1), Windows Media player 9 on Windows 2000/XP SP2/Server 2003, Windows Media Player 10 on 98/98SE/ME/XP (up to and including SP2).

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