Microsoft Rushes Fix for Windows Shortcut Hole

Tuesday Aug 3rd 2010 by Staff

Redmond will release a patch for the shortcut vulnerability ahead of the next Patch Tuesday.

Cnet: Due to an increase in the number of attacks exploiting the Windows shortcut vulnerability that was discovered last month, Microsoft says it will release an "out of band" update. Instead of waiting for its next scheduled Patch Tuesday, the company will push out the fix next Monday.

Microsoft also said that the dangerous nature of the attacks contributed to the decision to release the patch early. "Although there have been multiple families [of malware] that have picked up this vector, one in particular caught our attention this week--a family named Sality, and specifically Sality.AT," the company wrote in a blog post. "Sality is a highly virulent strain. It is known to infect other files (making full removal after infection challenging), copy itself to removable media, disable security, and then download other malware. It is also a very large family--one of the most prevalent families this year."

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