Welcome to WikiWirral, sharing is what we do best.
Forum Stats
12137 Members
65 Forums
72385 Topics
976050 Posts
18 posts in the last 24hrs
Max Online: 7831 @ 8th Apr 2013 4:18pm
Who's Online - Click Me
62 registered (11kendo, 10 invisible), 1131 Guests and 188 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Social Media : Follow Us


(Views 7days)This Weeks Most Read
Wirral Globe 564
Raspberry Pi in the classroom! 444
HMT Lancastria 414
Another Big Waste Fire in Liverpool. 390
Name help 363
54 plate renault clio 3rd brake light 184
A job. Company not named. 143
Wirral TUC Meeting re Update on Wallasey CLP Suspe 126
crop loss & water rationing in Dominican Republic 102
Another tree down on Arrowe park Road? 99
New General Forums
Lib/dems rule the day
by JimmyG
2nd Dec 2016 10:59pm
Daft funny joke
by venice
2nd Dec 2016 5:54pm
We dont learn much.
by venice
1st Dec 2016 9:22pm
Freegle
by venice
1st Dec 2016 6:36pm
New Wirral History
Name help
by Paternoster21
3rd Dec 2016 8:03am
HMT Lancastria
by granny
2nd Dec 2016 11:38pm
Cubitts Holland and Hannen
by fish5133
27th Nov 2016 5:38pm
Fire station
by chris7777
22nd Nov 2016 12:24pm
Buy a house in Greasby for 12s a week - in 1935
by yoller
6th Oct 2016 6:56pm
Forum Tips
Photo Gallery Forums
fireworks on the Mersey last night
Hadlow train station
Topic Replies
Vet help
by colin86
Mobile mechanic needed to fit a wishbone
by anniebo28
Bunchems Xmas present warning
by lincle
Another tree down on Arrowe park Road?
by diggingdeeper
11:53 AM
That was kept a bit quiet?
by venice
11:25 AM
anything with castors
by dustymclean
10:53 AM
Pot Holes--How Long To Repair
by keef666
10:34 AM
Blank Page : Offline
by Mark
09:53 AM
MIG welder
by anniebo28
01:34 AM
December
M Tu W Th F Sa Su
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31
Recent Posts : What's On ?
Wirral TUC Meeting re Update on Wallasey CLP Suspe
by RUDEBOX
30th Nov 2016 9:16pm
World Aids Day Event 2016. Liverpool
by RUDEBOX
30th Nov 2016 9:05pm
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#152242 - 30th Mar 2007 9:19pm Warning To Microsoft Windows Users
MattLFC Offline
Wiki Master

Registered: 14th Aug 2004
Posts: 22315
Loc: Moreton/Beirut/Mobile
Quote:
Animated cursors could prove risky for Windows users, Microsoft has warned.

The software giant is investigating reports that the way Windows handles alternatives to the traditional arrow cursor can leave PCs open to attack.

By booby-trapping a website or e-mail attachment with code that exploits the flaw, malicious hackers could hijack a Windows PC.

Microsoft warned users to be wary of attachments and urged them to update security software to combat the threat.

Just thought id make members aware. smile

Full BBC News Report

Top
Digital Wirral : Advertising
Click me for more Information......


Looking for a Service / Tradesman? Look in our Local Business Directory. Click Me
#152244 - 30th Mar 2007 9:23pm Re: Warning To Microsoft Windows Users [Re: MattLFC]
BMW Joe Offline
Wiki Master

Registered: 30th Apr 2006
Posts: 12369
Loc: Birkenhead
who'd of thought it eh - hijacked through something as simple as a cursor!

well, I s'pose after all, it is Microsoft smack
_________________________
Autowirral.co.uk - The Northwest's Biggest forum of Motoring Enthusiasts.
Cruisewirral.com - The Northwest's Biggest forum of Modified Car Enthusiasts.

Top
#152245 - 30th Mar 2007 9:45pm Re: Warning To Microsoft Windows Users [Re: BMW Joe]
MattLFC Offline
Wiki Master

Registered: 14th Aug 2004
Posts: 22315
Loc: Moreton/Beirut/Mobile
To be honest, your only going to be affected if you download cursor packs (most of the ones I see peoples computers with are the ones that they advertise on the likes of MySpace, where you just know their full of GAIN and Gator and the like), and you would have to be stupid enough to open an attatchment when you don't know what it is and havent virus scanned it before hand.

To be fair to Microsoft, you should me an operating system that is as versatile and easy to use as Windows, and doesnt have any flaws, and I will give you a tenner. Its bound to have some flaws.

Interestingly, it seems that it only affects the NT line of operating systems, although in one breat it states Vista users are affected by it, in another breath it states that Vista users with Internet Explorer 7 are not affected by it. Quite confusing I must say. Afaik, Vista has shipped with Internet Explorer 7 since RC1, maybe even the final release of BETA 2...

smile

Top
#152247 - 30th Mar 2007 10:08pm Re: Warning To Microsoft Windows Users [Re: MattLFC]
BMW Joe Offline
Wiki Master

Registered: 30th Apr 2006
Posts: 12369
Loc: Birkenhead
Originally Posted By: MattyC
you would have to be stupid enough to open an attatchment when you don't know what it is and havent virus scanned it before hand.

To be fair to Microsoft, you should me an operating system that is as versatile and easy to use as Windows, and doesnt have any flaws, and I will give you a tenner. Its bound to have some flaws.


You'd be very suprised at how many people are stupid enough to do such a thing. 9 out of 10 computers I've been asked to fix has had some sort of spyware executables such as gain/gator software installed. Inexperienced people can easily be fooled by visual messages - i.e. spoof emails, fake message boxes, fake computer scanning popups e.t.c.

As you say, it is bound to have some flaws. The difficult thing for Microsoft is, as they dominate so much of the market, so many people try to exploit it and once a flaw has been found, it applies to every other machine that has that software installed.

It does seem very confusing of what users are affected by this flaw.
_________________________
Autowirral.co.uk - The Northwest's Biggest forum of Motoring Enthusiasts.
Cruisewirral.com - The Northwest's Biggest forum of Modified Car Enthusiasts.

Top
#152248 - 30th Mar 2007 10:13pm Re: Warning To Microsoft Windows Users [Re: BMW Joe]
MattLFC Offline
Wiki Master

Registered: 14th Aug 2004
Posts: 22315
Loc: Moreton/Beirut/Mobile
In this day and age, where virus's are reguarly reported on the News and in the media, then people imho have no excuse to be ignorant towards the threat of virus's.

As far as I am concerned, most of the people who get these types of virus's, pretty much deserve it for being so stupid and pig ignorant. And its always Microsoft who get the blame for everything, yes they leave flaws in the software to begin with, but with billions of lines of code, who wouldnt, even Firefox 2 STILL has bugs which they dont seem to iron and all that is, is a web browser. People should be more careful and less ignorant and many of these flaws wouldnt turn into major problems.

smile

Top
#152371 - 2nd Apr 2007 6:46pm Re: Warning To Microsoft Windows Users [Re: MattLFC]
MattLFC Offline
Wiki Master

Registered: 14th Aug 2004
Posts: 22315
Loc: Moreton/Beirut/Mobile
Theres a quick fix for users to remove the flaw:
Originally Posted By: BBC News
Microsoft is moving to close a security loophole in Windows that lets attackers hijack a PC via animated cursors.
Malicious hackers are already known to be exploiting the flaw via booby-trapped and compromised websites.

Microsoft usually issues security patches once a month to help users keep their PC safe.

However, the seriousness of the bug has prompted the software company to act early and stifle attempts to exploit the flaw.

Right the fix can be obtained via Windows Update. Microsoft had actually already planned to release the fix with the next scheduled security update, which was due to be released on the 10th April, but due to the fact this got media attention and to prevent it causing users problems by being exploited, it has been released as of today.

BBC News Report

Top
#152373 - 2nd Apr 2007 7:45pm Re: Warning To Microsoft Windows Users [Re: MattLFC]
fordsteve Offline
Forum Addict

Registered: 27th Jan 2007
Posts: 2126
Loc: wirral bromborough
yer i just done the update on our pc thanks for the warning mate
_________________________


Top
#152374 - 2nd Apr 2007 7:52pm Re: Warning To Microsoft Windows Users [Re: fordsteve]
MattLFC Offline
Wiki Master

Registered: 14th Aug 2004
Posts: 22315
Loc: Moreton/Beirut/Mobile
No problemo matey, glad to be of some help hehe.

smile

Top
#152375 - 2nd Apr 2007 7:53pm Re: Warning To Microsoft Windows Users [Re: MattLFC]
fordsteve Offline
Forum Addict

Registered: 27th Jan 2007
Posts: 2126
Loc: wirral bromborough
yer makes a change lmao
_________________________


Top

Moderator:  Mark 
Random Wirral Images

Click to View Topic.
Newest Topics
Mobile mechanic needed to fit a wishbone
by anniebo28
Vet help
by colin86
06:25 PM
Another tree down on Arrowe park Road?
by Davefabo
11:08 AM
Game shocking prices!!!
by eddtheduck
04:55 PM
Another Big Waste Fire in Liverpool.
by Wally1
4th Dec 2016 10:24am
For Sale & Free
MIG welder
by anniebo28
01:34 AM
IPhone 4s 16gb 35
by anniebo28
4th Dec 2016 12:45pm
Steam Train Money Box/Ornaments
by Tranquil
1st Dec 2016 11:32am
Childs LFC Bike 5 - 8 Yr old
by Pete_M
1st Dec 2016 1:10am
Cat related Collectables
by Tranquil
29th Nov 2016 4:48pm
Featured Member
Registered: 18th Sep 2008
Posts: 5001
Newest Members
lucyw, BarbaraL, SherryLover, missyb, DavidSharpe
12137 Registered Users
Today's Birthdays
No Birthdays
New Wirral Info
Vet help
by colin86
06:25 PM
Gymnastics coaches needed.
by margy
3rd Dec 2016 9:28pm
Wirral Globe
by locomotive
1st Dec 2016 6:25pm
Wirral TUC Meeting re Update on Wallasey CLP Suspe
by RUDEBOX
30th Nov 2016 9:16pm
World Aids Day Event 2016. Liverpool
by RUDEBOX
30th Nov 2016 9:05pm
News : New Topics
That was kept a bit quiet?
by venice
11:25 AM
Another tree down on Arrowe park Road?
by Davefabo
11:08 AM
Bunchems Xmas present warning
by venice
09:28 AM
Another Big Waste Fire in Liverpool.
by Wally1
4th Dec 2016 10:24am
Pensby Hotel
by granny
29th Nov 2016 6:39pm
New Enthusiast Forums
Mobile mechanic needed to fit a wishbone
by anniebo28
Game shocking prices!!!
by eddtheduck
04:55 PM
54 plate renault clio 3rd brake light
by Mike72
1st Dec 2016 12:52pm
Raspberry Pi in the classroom!
by FelixCowden
30th Nov 2016 9:27pm
crop loss & water rationing in Dominican Republic
by FelixCowden
30th Nov 2016 8:46pm
(Views 24hrs)Trending Newest Topics
Another tree down on Arrowe park Road? 99
That was kept a bit quiet? 62
MIG welder 55
Vet help 53
Bunchems Xmas present warning 42
Mobile mechanic needed to fit a wishbone 5
Wirral Sunrise Sunset
Sunrise Tue 8:13am
Sunset Tue 3:53pm
Local Time Tue 7:56pm
WikiWirral Can . . . .
Advertising Click me
To Advertise with
Wikiwirral Click Me