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DHS wants you to patch--now

The Homeland Security Department today took the unusual step of issuing a press release urging Windows users and administrators to install what it feels is a particularly critical Windows patch.

The patch in question, MS06-040, came out in yesterday's Microsoft "Patch Tuesday" slew of vulnerability fixes.

According to the DHS statement, "This security patch is designed to protect against a vulnerability that, if exploited, could enable an attacker to remotely take control of an affected system and install programs, view, change, or delete data, and create new accounts with full user rights."

In all, Microsoft released 12 security bulletins yesterday, nine of which were deemed critical. The vulnerability that has DHS spooked was characterized as similar to the one that allowed the MSBlaster worm to wreak havoc in 2003. Microsoft has reportedly seen limited attacks based on the current vulnerability.

Posted by Brad Grimes

Posted by Brad Grimes, Joab Jackson on Aug 09, 2006 at 9:39 AM


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