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Windows' secret WMF backdoor denies

Date: January 18, 2006

Microsoft security expert has denied a recent security hole in Windows was in fact a secret backdoor introduced by the software giant to give it immediate access to people's PCs.

Following speculation that the hole in Windows Metafile (WMF) may have been created deliberately, Stephen Toulouse, security program manager with Microsoft's security response centre stated simply on his blog: "That speculation is wrong."

Toulouse's comment followed speculation by security researcher Steve Gibson that Microsoft had intentionally included a known vulnerability in the graphics rendering component. "The only conclusion that can reasonably be drawn is that this was a deliberate back door put into all of Microsoft's recent editions of Windows,"
wrote Gibson on his website last week. "Why it was put in and who knew about it, and what they were expected to use it for... we'll never know."
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