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17 yr old Windows bug you may want to prevent

Just in case you haven't seen this yet...

Microsoft late yesterday issued its second advisory of the last week, warning users that a 17-year-old bug in the kernel of all 32-bit versions of Windows could be used by hackers to hijack PCs.

The vulnerability in the Windows Virtual DOS Machine (VDM) subsystem was disclosed Tuesday

More info: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9146820/Microsoft_confirms_17_yea...

To mitigate, click on the "Workarounds" section and use the Group Policy console:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/979682.mspx

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OLD

but thanks for the info. there is also a bug thats been around for a bit longer. i just dont remember it off the top of my head.

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The bug is "old" in that it

The bug is "old" in that it exists in an ancient part of Window NT, but it was just discovered by a researcher so you should take the proper precautions to prevent a security incident.

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I don't understand the attack.

At any rate, if we can run 16-bit stuff in XP, why don't old games work?

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DOS/4G perhaps?

A lot of the older games used the DOS/4G system which wasn't built into the Windows kernel.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOS/4G

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