Microsoft

Expect Out Of Band Windows Security Release On August 2

31 Lug/10

An increase in attacks exploiting a recent vulnerability in LNK files in the Windows operating system, sparked the creation and imminent release of an out of band patch to protect PCs running Windows from those attacks.

Until now, only workarounds were available to protect Windows systems from those attacks. This included a Microsoft Fix-IT solution, third party software to detect and block malicious LNK files, and a Stuxnet Rootkit Remover to clean infected computer systems from common Stuxnet variants.

Security software, like Microsoft Security Essentials offer protection against known attack forms as well.

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The increase in attacks however made it necessary to patch the security vulnerability, so that attacks and exploits of the vulnerability become useless on patched systems.

The security patch has “achieved the appropriate quality bar for broad distribution to customers”, according to a blog post at the Microsoft Security Response Center.

The attacks are currently spreading mainly in a handful of countries, including Brazil and the United States

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The out of band security patch will be released on Monday, August 2, 2010 at or around 10 AM PDT. Additional information about exploitation of the vulnerability is available at this Technet blog post.

Computer users should look out for the security patch on August 2. It will be distributed through Windows Update, Microsoft Download and other official channels.


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