Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Don't Press the F1 Key Devastation Could Ensue

Don't Press the F1 Key Devastation Could Ensue

Microsoft put out a Security Advisory (981169) yesterday can be read here

The whole advisory reads like the instructions that came with your most recent electronic gadget from China.

But what is really happening

is there is a vulnerability in VBScript (definition below) that can be exploited. Apparently the attack would display a dialog box that requires you to hit the f1 key to complete the attack.

It could come in the form of an email, email attachment, or a web page.

So what can it do? or what can they (attackers) do?

"An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as a logged-on user"

So how do I fix it? Don't touch it call your local Geek!!!...

Naw just kidding:

log off and log back in windows will close the affected explorer.
Use Task Manager (CTRL-ALT-DEL) and end the exporer in Applications
if its nasty
Use Task Manager and go to the Processes tab and end all iexplore.exe ***don't end exporer.exe you may have to end up rebooting then***

Or call your local geek and tell them you have a PEBCAK issue.

Good Luck

Wikipedia VBScript: (short for Visual Basic Scripting Edition) is an Active Scripting language, developed by Microsoft, which uses the Component Object Model to access elements of the environment within which it is running (e.g. FileSystemObject or FSO used to create, read, update and delete files). The language's syntax reflects its origins as a limited variation of Microsoft's Visual Basic programming language.

VBScript has been installed by default in every desktop release of Microsoft Windows since Windows 98[1]; as part of Windows Server since Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack[2]; and optionally with Windows CE (depending on the device it is installed on).

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