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Trojan horse threatens Windows XP SP2
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Thread: Trojan horse threatens Windows XP SP2

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    Online miscreants have released a Trojan horse that can infect computers running Microsoft's Windows XP, installing programs to remotely control a victim's system.

    The program--dubbed "Phel," an anagram of "Help"--infects visitors to a maliciously-created Web site through Internet Explorer's Help controls, Symantec warned in an advisory this week. A bug in the malicious program may prevent it from infecting some computers, the security company said.

    The Trojan horse exploits a vulnerability, found in October, in how Internet Explorer and Windows XP Service Pack 2 handle help files called from Web pages.

    The flaw is unrelated to the recent help-file flaws outed by a Chinese security company last week. In that instance, Microsoft took the Chinese security group to task for disclosing the vulnerability without giving the company a chance to develop a way to fix the problem.

    "Microsoft is working to forensically analyze the malicious code in Phel and will work with law enforcement to identify and bring to justice those responsible for this malicious activity," a company spokesperson said.

    A patch is not yet available from Microsoft for the October flaw, nor the most recent flaws, but the software giant said its programmers are working on the issue.

    "Microsoft is taking this vulnerability very seriously, and an update to correct the vulnerability is currently in development," the spokesperson said. "We will release the security update when the development and testing process is complete, and the update is found to effectively correct the vulnerability."

    Microsoft has had significant problems securing its Web browser in 2004. As a result, the freely available open-source browser Firefox has gained market share. Security experts have recommended that computer users consider other browsers and some schools have told their students to use a non-Microsoft browser.

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    Phew, glad I started using Firefox!

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    Me too, thank goodness for Mozilla!

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    I started using Firebird in mid 2003. It's come a long way but was always better than IE.

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    that sux.......alot!
    "If you enjoy what you do, you'll never work another day in your life."

    My man confucius said it well :D

    Why is my signature text blue I did not make it like that??

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    lol yeah that just goes against me saying IE is good <_<

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    I think Genny is the only one still using IE.

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    Thank god for FireFox.

    Mac

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    Glad other people are making other ways of surfing the internet.

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    Good thing i used FireFox before that thing started..

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