WMF focuses security pros' attention

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As the new year began, security professionals were left in a hole. With an official patch for a recently discovered Windows meta file (WMF) vulnerability almost two weeks from release, analysts were forced to deal with a vulnerability that many did not technically consider a “vulnerability” at all.

One security executive said the flaw, exposed in late December but originally designed in the 1980s to cancel a print job during spooling, left security pros without preemptive weapons against hackers. The flaw made it possible for hackers to infect a PC after a user clicked on an image ...

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