Microsoft sounds alarm over flaws

Microsoft is warning users of yet more vulnerabilities in its Windows operating system, in a bid to avert the threat of another ‘Blaster’ type worm. The company has provided patches on its web site and is urging users to implement them.

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By  Peter Branton Published  September 11, 2003

Microsoft is warning users of yet more vulnerabilities in its Windows operating system, in a bid to avert the threat of another ‘Blaster’ type worm. The company has provided patches on its web site and is urging users to implement them.

The latest vulnerabilities are related to the same flaw that allowed Blaster to spread so widely last month, the company said. It is urging users to download scanning tools and security patches from its web site to help fix the problem.

Analysts in the US believe that a new virus attack could happen in a matter of days. While the Slammer worm took eight months to appear following the announcement of the vulnerability it exploited, Blaster followed on in less than a month from the flaw’s discovery. Security threats are also becoming more frequent, with Symantec’s president testifying to a US congressional sub-committee this month that 450 new viruses are being reported a month.

While Microsoft has been widely criticised for security weaknesses in its code, it has worked hard to rectify this with its Trustworthy Computing initiative in the past two years.

Microsoft is also pushing its ‘Protect your PC’ campaign in the Middle East, which offers advice on where to access the latest security tools. Customers in the UAE, Bahrain and Qatar can call +9714 391 7700 option 4 and request the virus advisory service.

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