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The researchers focused on patches for five Microsoft software programs, which were analyzed to find out how the applications were repaired. Using an automated tool, an exploit -- or code designed to attack a machine a weak point -- could be created in a few minutes or less after looking at the patch, they wrote.

The research means it is theoretically possible for hackers to start trying to exploit machines a short time after the attackers have received the patch, putting more PCs at risk of becoming infected with malicious software.

Already, hackers are pretty fast. Microsoft issues patches on the second Tuesday of every month, and exploit code for some the publicly disclosed vulnerabilities will usually appear the next day. They're able to do that through reverse engineering and poking around the code to find out what's wrong.

But creating exploits faster would give hackers more time to find vulnerable machines while Microsoft is in the process of distributing patches through Windows Update, the company's patch download feature.
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post #2 of 21
Well that sucks. I guess we are screwed all around? Doesn't this mean that when Microsoft fixes something, that the hackers get the fix, and find out how to exploit the fix itself because they can reverse-engineer it?
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basically.
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Just have good firewall, virus prot. and antispyware and don't be stupid and you should be fine. Most of these exploits rely on the end-user making bad decisions.

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So let's give the evil doers more ideas!
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We're all doomed! DOOMED!

Give me a break. Be smart about what you do and how you do you it and you'll be fine.

Thank god for UAC is there to save us.

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But creating exploits faster would give hackers more time to find vulnerable machines while Microsoft is in the process of distributing patches through Windows Update, the company's patch download feature.
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Just have good firewall, virus prot. and antispyware and don't be stupid and you should be fine. Most of these exploits rely on the end-user making bad decisions.

brad
Apparently the only bad decision was using MS Update and MS altogether

If MS can't get this sorted out they don't stand a chance in the future.
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post #8 of 21
Title is a bit misleading...
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post #9 of 21
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Title is a bit misleading...
How is it misleading, Windows and the programs within it have been exploited and hacked since its introduction. The topic might be an attention grabber, but not the least bit misleading, at least not for poorly made software.
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Thank god for UAC is there to save us.


LMAO!!!!!!!!!
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