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Microsoft Releases 4 Security Fixes

Posted by iBlog on September 12, 2007

The IM flaw would allow hackers to run malicious code on computers if users click on an instant message link inviting them to check out a video.

“If the victim accepts that invitation, that’s when this vulnerability kicks in,” said Amol Sarwate, manager of the vulnerability research lab at the security company Qualys Inc.

Hackers are beginning to target instant messaging programs because it’s getting harder to trick people into clicking on links sent in e-mails, analysts say.

And not all PC security programs cover instant messaging programs, said Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle, a vulnerability management company.

Two other patches released Tuesday as part of Microsoft‘s regular monthly security updates affect programs used by software developers and administrators of corporate computer systems.

Microsoft recommends that all users set up their computers to receive the updates automatically.

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