Security Tools Under Security Threat

October has been a very bad month for security problems. On Microsoft's monthly "patch Tuesday," October 11th, the company released nine security-related updates to various Windows components. Some of the vulnerabilities--potential problem areas--addressed in those fixes have turned into actual exploits, as malicious hackers reverse-engineered the fixes and created tools that can crash unpatched PCs or fiddle with the data on them.

So far, there have been four releases of "proof of concept exploit code" -- the euphemism that some malicious hackers use to characterize malicious software they release -- for some of the holes in Windows. With four new exploits available, if you haven't patched yet, now would be a good time to do so. Today @ PC World - Security Tools Under Security Threat

Linked by shanmuga Tuesday, 25th October 2005 1:17AM