Sharon KhareAug 11, 2006 12:12:01 IST
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is urging Windows users to plug a potential worm hole in the Microsoft operating system.
The agency issued a press relase on Wednesday asking users to apply Microsoft's MS06-040 patch as quickly as possible.
On Tuesday, Microsoft, as part of its monthly patch cycle issued a dozen security updates, nine of which were tagged "critical" - the company's highest severity rating.
"This security patch is designed to protect against a vulnerability that, if exploited, could enable an attacker to remotely take control of an affected system and install programs, view, change, or delete data, and create new accounts with full user rights. Windows Operating Systems users are encouraged to avoid delay in applying this security patch."
"Attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in operating systems routinely occur within 24 hours of the release of a security patch. This vulnerability could impact government systems, private industry and critical infrastructure, as well as individual and home users", the Department of Homeland Security said in the statement.
The Department maintained that the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) is working closely with Microsoft to minimize any impact from this vulnerability.
Download the patch here.
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