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Windows Vista Explorer Flaw Discovered

At a time where everyone is anxiously awaiting the upcoming service pack for Windows Vista and while others rolled back to Windows XP in droves, yet another flaw in the Windows Vista operating system has been discovered that can bring the Windows shell (“Windows Explorer“) to its knees within 20 seconds. Even worse, this issue occurs under every day usage of the operating system if you use the Search function regularly with boolean search operators.

  1. Click on Start, and then click on Documents.
  2. In the Search entry box, type “NOT Shortcut” (without the quotes).
  3. Click on the “Save Search” button and save the search query as “Search Test”.

This has been confirmed as a flaw in Windows Vista (all editions) and Windows Vista 64-bit (all editions), and even worse, the issue still occurs on the latest release candidate for Service Pack 1, and has been marked as “will not be fixed”. The bigger question is, will Microsoft step up to the plate and fix this issue or will they let it pass on by while they work heavily on Windows “7”, ignoring the fact that Windows Vista still has flaws and inconsistancies that are seeing larger companies hold back deployment until 2009 or even skip Vista?

Windows Vista, Windows Explorer, Windows Shell, Vulnerability, Exploit, Flaw, Microsoft, Service Pack, SP1

Source:→ Neowin

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