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November 20, 2008

News Report on Non Vulnerability in Windows Vista

Are editors so excited to use the headline "Vulnerability in Windows Vista" in their SEO URLs that they will have their reporters write a story on a non-issue?

IDG News has published a news report titled, "Researchers find vulnerability in Windows Vista". The report says:

An Austrian security vendor has found a vulnerability in Windows Vista that it says could possibly allow an attacker to run unauthorized code on a PC.

The problem is rooted in the Device IO Control, which handles internal device communication. Researchers at Phion have found two different ways to cause a buffer overflow that could corrupt the memory of the operating system's kernel.

In one of the scenarios, a person would already have to have administrative rights to the PC. In general, vulnerabilities that require that level of access somewhat undermine the risk since the attacker already has permission to use to the PC.

Somewhat undermine the risk? If you need admin rights to exercise a bug it is not a security issue since you could already run any code with whatever privilege you wanted. Microsoft is not issuing a patch, but creating a bug fix in a service pack, yet this is newsworthy? This story has no comment from anyone but the finder of the bug. Let's see if other news outlets pick up on this one.

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