In what may be the first step toward a major security problem, security researchers have released attack code that will crash Windows machines that are susceptible to a recently patched bug in the operating system.
The code is not available to the general public. It was released Thursday to security professionals who use Immunity's Canvas computer security testing software. It causes the Windows system to crash but does not let the attacker run malicious software on the victim's system.
"It reliably crashes Windows machines," said Dave Aitel, Immunity's CTO. "In fact, it blue-screened our print server by accident -- this is a broadcast attack, after all."
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