Microsoft warns of Windows 7 security hole

by admin November 17, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Microsoft has confirmed reports of a security flaw in its Windows operating system that hackers could use to temporarily destabilize Windows 7 PCs. The software giant also acknowledged that blueprints for exploiting the flaw are now available online.

At issue is a so-called “denial-of-service” vulnerability in the component of Windows that handles the sharing of files and folders. Microsoft said attackers could use exploit code now publicly available to cause vulnerable systems to stop functioning or become unreliable. The flaw is present in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, and does not exist in older versions of the operating system, the software giant said.

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