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October 1, 2006, 4:34 am
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"Microsoft warned users of the issue on Thursday in a security advisory,
saying that public report have pinpointed an ActiveX component as the
source of the vulnerability, but that component merely exposes the
vulnerable Windows shell. The flaw affects every version of the operating
system, except for default installations of Windows 2003, the company said.
Zero-day attacks, especially against Microsoft's Office products, have
increased in frequency this year. On Tuesday, the company shored up a hole
in its Internet Explorer Web browser, following a number of high-profile
attacks that attempted to exploit the issue. The increasing trend of
zero-day attacks has come at a time when researchers are increasingly
taking Microsoft to task for its policies on the airing of flaw details."
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