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Microsoft Echoes Security Issue

Microsoft released a security advisory this week warning about an issue that could cause VPN passwords to be stolen, thanks to the work of a couple of hackers.

While the flaw wasn't discovered by Microsoft's army of coders, developers and security issues, the info came from the inventors of the hacking method during a presentation at last month's Defcon security conference.

So why didn't Microsoft warn its users of this flaw after the reveal? Well, like any responsible software company, it had to take some time to investigate the issue itself (and to monitor if anyone was using the exploit in the wild).

Good news is that it looks like nobody is currently using the exploit in the wild. Bad news is all Microsoft can do is repeat the findings that came out last month (and provide info on a workaround). There currently isn't a security update, and Microsoft did not announce that one is on its way.

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Chris Paoli is the site producer for Redmondmag.com and MCPmag.com.

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