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[Sep. 25th, 2006|02:53 am]
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ATTENTION all windows XP users (especially if you are using XP service pack 2)

You *need* to read about this vulnerability and take the precaution described. Your anti virus/spyware programs will not fix this problem not even firewalls will be of any protection because it's a hole in windows XP itself, and Microsoft announced they aren't going to do anything about it until Oct. 10.

http://www.grc.com/sn/notes-058.htm is the page where you can read about the VML security hole and how to protect your computer.

I'm not one to do these kinds of warnings unless I know it's real, and this one is. Follow the instructions to "unregister" the part of your computer that is vulnerable (in simpler terms, you're just turning off a part of the computer that 95% of most XP users don't use or need anyway), and it is as simple as cutting and pasting.

Then on the 10th when Microsoft fixes this problem. The code to undo ("re-register") what you did is just another simple cut and paste that is also listed on the webpage I've put the link to above.

The instructions don't say this, but I'd recommend rebooting your system after you follow all the instructions.

update: Microsoft has addressed the issue with an update. I found it hard to believe they'd wait till Oct. 10th to deal with this. They didn't.