Critical Windows bug exploit code goes public

Thursday, 18 January 2007, 9:01 AM EST

Code that exploits a critical Windows vulnerability disclosed and patched last week has been posted to a public mailing list, raising the risk of an attack, security vendors said Wednesday.

The exploit code, which appeared on the Bugtraq list Tuesday, targets a flaw in Windows' Vector Markup Language rendering that was patched Jan. 9 in Microsoft's monthly security update. VML, an extension of XML that defines Web images in vector graphics format, had been patched before this month; in September 2006, for example, Microsoft issued a fix outside its normally scheduled cycle.

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