Microsoft patches new Windows flaw

Wednesday, 12 May 2004, 12:04 AM EST

The software maker described the problem as "important," its second-highest rating for such problems. Antivirus software maker Symantec, meanwhile, characterized the vulnerability as "high risk," citing the impact that there could be if the vulnerability was successfully exploited.

The flaw exists in the way Windows' Help and Support Center validates information that is sent to it. The software maker released a patch for the vulnerability and urged customers to "install the update at the earliest opportunity." The patch is posted to the company's security Web site, as is a bulletin outlining the flaw.

By Ina Fried at CNET.

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