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Don't press F1 key in Windows XP
Category : General 03 Mar 2010 09:45 AM | Industry News
Microsoft posted an interim workaround to mitigate the vulnerability involving the use of VBScript and Windows Help files. “Users are advised to avoid pressing F1 on dialogs presented from web pages or other Internet content. If a dialog box appears repeatedly in an attempt to convince the user to press F1, users may log off the system or use Task Manager to kill the Internet Explorer process.
Microsoft’s Jerry Bryant said the company is not aware of any attacks related to this vulnerability.
"We have determined that users running Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Vista, are not affected by this issue," Bryant said.
This type of attack is considered harder to pull off because of this F1 key requirement, but web-based attacks have emerged as a major source of malicious software over the past few years.
It affects Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.
Microsoft has not seen the flaw exploited in any online attacks to date, the company said Monday. Microsoft did not say whether it will fix the bug in its next set of security updates, due March 9, but it usually needs more than a couple of weeks to test and release new security patches.