Microsoft releases a temp Duqu fix for Windows vulnerability

Duqu virus - Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server

Microsoft has come out with a temporary Duqu fix, the new high-risk virus that attacks most versions Windows.

Last week it was revealed by Symantec Corp. about a new virus, Duqu, that can allow hackers to take control of a remote system and compromise sensitive data, by exploiting an unknown Windows’ kernel vulnerability. Symantec explained that Duqu is installed when victims open a Microsoft Word document that was received as an attachment via email, then the virus has the ability to spread to other computers. However, most security vendor product can already detect and prevent Duqu from being installed.

The software giant has released a temporary workaround that it can be applied into any Windows OS. You can find the fix in the Microsoft Support website: Vulnerability in TrueType font parsing could allow elevation of privileges. And to make it simple the company has released a Fix it, which is one-click installation of the workaround and easy to deploy in larger numbers. “[…]our engineering teams determined the root cause of this vulnerability, and we are working to produce a high-quality security update to address it.” the software maker revealed on a blog post from Microsoft Security Response Center.

As this is just a temporary workaround Microsoft still working on a permanent solution for this security threat that can be pushed as an update.

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