Here’s why it’s important to apply security patches

January 17th, 2007

Here's why it's important to install security patches, especially Windows Updates, promptly:

Code that exploits a critical Windows vulnerability disclosed and patched last week has been posted to a public mailing list, raising the risk of an attack, security vendors said Wednesday.

The exploit code, which appeared on the Bugtraq list Tuesday, targets a flaw in Windows' Vector Markup Language rendering that was patched Jan. 9 in Microsoft's monthly security update. VML, an extension of XML that defines Web images in vector graphics format, had been patched before this month; in September 2006, for example, Microsoft issued a fix outside its normally-scheduled cycle.

As soon as the patches are out, hackers go to work trying to figure out what the vulnerability is and how to exploit it.

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