Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Feb 2010 23:46 UTC
Microsoft "The ancient bug was discovered by Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy in January 2010 and involves a utility that allows newer versions of Windows to run very old programs. Mr Ormandy has found a way to exploit this utility in Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 as well as Windows Vista and Windows 7. The patch for this vulnerability will appear in the February security update. Five of the vulnerabilities being patched at the same time allow attackers to effectively hijack a Windows PC and run their own programs on it."
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project_2501
Member since:
2006-03-20

I misread that the first time I looked at it .. a Freudian slip:

"Microsoft to Patent 17-year-old Computer Bug"

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glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

Considering some of their other patents it wouldn't be too outlandish to expect them to patent security through obscurity with a 17 year old bug being offered as the working model of how to implement the "feature".

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v Honeymoon over
by SlackerJack on Sat 6th Feb 2010 20:50 UTC
RE: Honeymoon over
by siride on Sun 7th Feb 2010 17:09 UTC in reply to "Honeymoon over"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

What does that have to do with the article?

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