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Windows left exposed (again…) by 0-day exploit found for IE 7, 8 & 9

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Microsoft has managed to do it yet again. A new 0-day exploit has been found for IE 7, 8 & 9 running on any version of Windows released in the last 10 years. Computers can get compromised simply by visiting a malicious website, which gives the attacker the same privileges as the current user.

Now would be a good time for you to switch to a web browser that doesn’t give you anything short of cancer like Chrome or Firefox.

Check out The Verge link for more info as well as the Metasploit link for the demos.

 

System File Checker… the alternative to a Windows Second repair

Not sure if you know about the below utility that comes with any versions of Windows dating back to Windows 98. It’s called SFC (System File Checker), below is a simple explanation of what the utility does:

If it finds a problem, it will attempt to replace the problematic files from the DLL Cache (%WinDir%\System32\Dllcache\). If the file is not in the DLL Cache or the DLL Cache is corrupted, the user will be prompted to insert the Windows installation media or provide the network installation path. In Windows Vista and onwards, files are protected using Access control lists (ACLs), however the above command has not changed.

System File Checker in Windows Vista and later Windows operating systems can scan specific individual files. Also, scans can be performed against an offline Windows installation folder to replace corrupt files, in case the Windows installation is not bootable. For performing offline scans, System File Checker must be run from another working installation of Windows Vista or a later operating system or from the Windows setup DVD which gives access to the Windows Recovery Environment.

To run the utility to open up the command prompt and type the below:

sfc /scannow

You can get more info about other parameters and general info at the below links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_File_Checker
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/system_file_checker.mspx?mfr=true

Windows 7 SP1 beta leaks out

Microsoft’s already let out word that it’s working on Windows 7 Service Pack 1, but it looks like the OS’ first big update has now leaked out slightly ahead of schedule — or a recent build of it, anyway. As expected there aren’t any significant changes that are immediately apparent — the biggest is the added RemoteFX functionality when paired with Windows Server — but the install process is apparently at least much faster than it was for service packs on Windows Vista. Still no word on a proper release date from Microsoft just yet, but you can now check out a few more screenshots at the source link below.

you can find the Engadget link below:

Windows 7 SP1 beta leaks out, screenshots ensue

Nothing too fancy if you’ve been updating regularly…

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