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New Windows zero-day

Microsoft on Thursday issued a security advisory for a new vulnerability in DirectX, used on Windows to enable graphics and sound, that could enable a remote hacker to execute arbitrary code if users open specially crafted QuickTime files. Microsoft said that it was aware of active attacks using exploit code for the vulnerability. Windows 2000 (SP4), Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 are vulnerable; all versions of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 are not. — CAM
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Microsoft changes AutoRun

Microsoft is planning to update its Windows platforms so that their AutoRun features - one of the preferred vectors for spreading the infectious Conficker worm - does not support USB sticks, the company announced Tuesday. In the next version of the operating system, Windows 7, AutoRun - a technology that automatically runs programs when media is plugged into a PC - only will work for CDs and DVDs. Engineers plan to extend this change to Vista and XP platforms. — DK
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