Microsoft Urges Patch as Exploit Info Hits Web

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Microsoft is urging its customers to patch their systems following a security vulnerability leak.

The vulnerability itself relates to CVE-2012-0002, a protocol that gives hackers the ability to breach systems by relying on RDP packets. According to a Reuters report, the exploit information appeared on a Chinese-based hacking website.

Microsoft routinely makes such exploit information available to security firms within the company’s Microsoft Active Protections Program, meaning that the leak likely happened through one of the partners.

Although the threat is serious, Microsoft has downplayed the prospect that the code could be used to actually cause significant damage. “We continue to watch the threat landscape and we are not aware of public proof-of-concept code that results in remote code execution,” the company stated via its Microsoft Security Response Center blog.

Microsoft has kept busy promoting its consumer preview of Windows 8, the company’s upcoming OS geared with a metro style towards the tablet market.