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More problems for Windows, Internet Explorer users

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Exploit code targeting a security hole Microsoft warned of in last week's patch release is in the wild, the Bethesda, Md.-based SANS Internet Storm Center (ISC) said Friday.

"We've received reports that the color management module ICC profile buffer overflow vulnerability has exploit code available and is being used out in the wild," ISC said on its Web site. "[To] mitigate this vulnerability, apply the appropriate patch. It appears that this version of the exploit code will only crash the browser, but it wouldn't be difficult to put in code for execution."

The French Security Incident Response Team (FrSIRT) has also put out an advisory on the exploit code.

Microsoft issued a bulletin for the vulnerability during its July patch release. The software giant said the problem is in how the color management module validates International Color Consortium [ICC] profile format tags. "Attackers could exploit this by constructing a malicious image file that could potentially allow remote code execution if a user visited a malicious Web site or viewed a malicious e-mail message," Microsoft said. "An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system."

The flaw affects Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP SP1 and SP2; Windows XP Professional x64 Edition; Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2003 SP1; Windows Server 2003 for itanium-based systems; Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for itanium-based systems; Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition; Windows 98; Windows 98 Second Edition [SE] and Millennium Edition [ME].

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