News

Critical Patch Released for Windows Me

Microsoft issued a critical security patch for the Windows Me on Wednesday. The flaw in the Windows Me Help and Support Center could enable code execution.

Although the client operating system was wholly intended for consumer use, many corporate IT departments have found themselves supporting Windows Me in some capacity. A recent ENT reader survey revealed that 13 percent of respondents had to support Windows Me in their environments.

The Windows Me Help and Support Center gives users a central way to access product documentation, hardware compatibility information, Windows Update and online help from Microsoft. But an unchecked buffer in the way Windows Me handles the "hcp://" prefix in a URL link that points to the Help and Support Center creates the vulnerability.

To exploit the flaw, an attacker would have to cause a user to visit a Web page or receive an HTML e-mail containing the malformed URL.

The Microsoft security bulletin and patch may be found at: www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS03-006.asp.

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

Featured

  • Microsoft Shifting Away from Office 365 Brand Name in April

    Microsoft on Monday announced coming product naming changes, where "Office 365" is mostly getting replaced by the "Microsoft 365" brand.

  • Microsoft Grows Services Amid COVID-19

    Microsoft in a Saturday announcement recapped how its services have been affected by "shelter-in-place" governmental mandates in the last week, providing details on growth stats and prioritizations.

  • Microsoft Adds 6 More Months to Expiring Certification Programs

    Microsoft has announced an extension to the end date of three certification programs slated for retirement.

  • Microsoft's Surface Pro X: It's Like the Surface RT, But Better

    There's a lot about the Surface Pro X that's reminiscent of the ill-fated Surface RT. But despite the similarities, this might just be one of the rare cases where the sequel is better than the original.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.