Attack code puts Windows PCs at risk

Two new pieces of computer code that could spawn attacks on Microsoft Windows PCs have been released onto the Internet, security companies have warned.

The first exploit code takes advantage of a "critical" flaw in the Windows Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, or DHCP, client, according to a customer alert sent out by the French Security Incident Response Team on Monday. Microsoft released a fix on July 11 for the problem, Symantec said in its own advisory for subscribers.

An attacker could gain full control over an unpatched Windows computer using the exploit, Symantec said. Attack code puts Windows PCs at risk | CNET

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