Windows DoS bug affects more than just Windows XP
Microsoft recently confirmed that a security glitch exists in even the completely patched up Windows XP installation which can result in a DoS attack on a machine. This bug can also be used to remotely crash the system. The latest news in is worse. The bug exists in much more than just Windows XP Operating System. It is now said to affect Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 Server Edition as well.
The company said in an advisory: â€œOur initial investigation has revealed that a denial of service vulnerability exists that could allow an attacker to send a specially crafted Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) request to an affected system. Our investigation has determined that this is limited to a denial of service, and therefore an attacker could not use this vulnerability to take complete control of a system. Services that utilize the Remote Desktop Protocol are not enabled by default, however if a service were enabled, an attacker could cause this system to restart.â€
The company had earlier confirmed the issue to exist on their Microsoft Windows XP Operating System. The company is working on a patch, which might be released in the next monthâ€™s monthly security update. There is some hope in the fact that the affected service RDP is disabled by default on XP and Server installation. However, Windows XP Media Center Edition comes with it enabled default. Users are advised to keep their installations up-to-date and keep a firewall and updated antivirus always on.