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    Win-XP Help Center request wipes your HD

    This was sent to me via my local Linux Users Group mailing list and appears to be a serious flaw in WinXP;

    From the article:

    "A malicious Win-XP Help Center request can easily and silently delete the contents of any directory on your Windows machine, we've learned. Worse, MS has rolled the fix silently into SP1 without making a public announcement."

    Read the whole thing at the Register.

    Article from Microsoft

    Sorry if this has been posted before, I tried a search but for some reason it kept falling over on me here.

    Regards,

    PP

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    Yea I posted this when it first came out. It was labeled Crazy XP Sploit. But you had know way of knowing since search doesnt work but oh well . Its a crazy enough exploit to where it needs to be seen again. For those of you interested in the fix for this do a search [if working] for crazy xp sploit or just go to Microsoft Security Discussions and find it on your own. Pretty easy to fix.
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    Sorry Euclid, I missed that one, but credit where credit is due (after a manual search) here is the link to your post for people to follow:

    http://www.antionline.com/showthread...hreadid=233620

    Regards

    PP

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    Bullshit.

    >"A malicious Win-XP Help Center request can easily and silently delete the contents of any directory on your Windows machine, we've learned. Worse, MS has rolled the fix silently into SP1 without making a public announcement."

    Propaganda.

    There is a particular flaw in XP that can, in the event of a user clicking on a certain created 'URL' delete or otherwise destroy the folders SPECIFIED IN THE URL...
    M$ did indeed try to hide this exploit, but hey...they had to change the whole code for a section of the XP composite...that's why the Service Pack is at least 30MB.

    Don't listen to Linux fanatics or XP fanatics...and use your own head to validate claims.
    BTW I run Linux Redhat 7.3 and Win XP on this machine, and have had no problems.

    Don't be a weekend analyst...research is always first...

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