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Vulnerability in Microsoft Anti-malware engine

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    Vulnerability in Microsoft Anti-malware engine

    Serious vulnerability in Microsoft’s anti-malware engine

    ​Yesterday, Microsoft released a security advisory informing customers about a vulnerability in the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine, which is found in several products including Windows Defender, Microsoft Security Essentials, and Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool. An attacker could exploit the vulnerability by sending a user a specially crafted file which, once scanned by the Malware Protection Engine, causes the engine to time out. A successful exploit of the bug would essentially stop the “Microsoft Malware Protection Engine from monitoring affected systems until the specially crafted file is manually removed,” according to the advisory.
    There are no known exploits of the vulnerability in the wild. The bug was privately disclosed to Microsoft by Google engineer Tavis Ormandy. Microsoft say a patch will be pushed out to customers within 48 hours, with “typically no action required to install the update” due to built-in automation within the associated products.

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit

    Cool that a google engineer disclosed the bug. I think security patching is something all the companies should work together with all the exploiting happening around the world today.
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