Rumor of Internet Super Exploit

By Larry Seltzer  |  Posted 2004-04-18 Print this article Print

The security research center ISC warns of possible new exploits for Windows vulnerabilities identified in Microsoft's latest patches.

An unconfirmed report from the Internet Storm Center at The SANS Institute indicates the possibility of exploits circulating that target the vulnerabilities patched just last week by Microsoft Corp. The report, titled "Possible combined exploits of MS vulnerabilities," says that there is no general outbreak but that the group is hearing rumors of "super" exploits that "may target several of the vulnerabilities announced by Microsoft on Tuesday."

The ISC says that they have been contacted by an individual who had been infected by such an exploit, but that they are still investigating.

The four patches were included in Microsofts monthly scheduled release of patches for security problems and addressed a large number of "critical" and "important" vulnerabilities. Experts, including the ISC, recommend that users patch quickly.

Larry Seltzer has been writing software for and English about computers ever since—,much to his own amazement—,he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

He was one of the authors of NPL and NPL-R, fourth-generation languages for microcomputers by the now-defunct DeskTop Software Corporation. (Larry is sad to find absolutely no hits on any of these +products on Google.) His work at Desktop Software included programming the UCSD p-System, a virtual machine-based operating system with portable binaries that pre-dated Java by more than 10 years.

For several years, he wrote corporate software for Mathematica Policy Research (they're still in business!) and Chase Econometrics (not so lucky) before being forcibly thrown into the consulting market. He bummed around the Philadelphia consulting and contract-programming scenes for a year or two before taking a job at NSTL (National Software Testing Labs) developing product tests and managing contract testing for the computer industry, governments and publication.

In 1991 Larry moved to Massachusetts to become Technical Director of PC Week Labs (now eWeek Labs). He moved within Ziff Davis to New York in 1994 to run testing at Windows Sources. In 1995, he became Technical Director for Internet product testing at PC Magazine and stayed there till 1998.

Since then, he has been writing for numerous other publications, including Fortune Small Business, Windows 2000 Magazine (now Windows and .NET Magazine), ZDNet and Sam Whitmore's Media Survey.

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