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Viewing images in Microsoft Windows might be dangerous

Date: January 04, 2006

Microsoft said Tuesday it would be at least a week before it could fix a recently discovered weakness that might let an attacker take control of a computer connected to the Internet.

Microsoft said it had already created a patch for the flaw in its Windows operating system but needed to test it before releasing it. The software giant said it hoped to issue the patch as part of its regular monthly security updates next Tuesday.

The company confirmed late last week that some people were trying to take advantage of a flaw in an element of Windows that is used to view images. If a user is tricked into viewing an image that might appear on a malicious Web site or within an e-mail attachment, that person's computer could be attacked.
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