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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 4:06 am    Post subject: Hackers hijack Windows Update's downloader Reply with quote

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Hackers are using the file transfer component used by Windows Update to sneak malware past firewalls...Trojan makers have started to call on BITS to download add-on code to an already compromised computer. "For one simple reason: BITS is part of the operating system, so it's trusted and bypasses the local firewall while downloading files"...
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Security experts have been predicting that virus writers would find a way to hijack Microsoft's security patch delivery process to slip their software onto users' computers. They were right...I should note that when I tried this exploit on a Windows XP system running under a limited user account, the attack did not succeed. So if you set up your Windows XP or 2000 machine to run under a limited account, even if you inadvertently download a Trojan, it is very unlikely that it will be able to finish its job.

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