November 5, 2011 by staff
Duqu Virus, Microsoft on Friday was advising companies how to defend against infection by a virus-like Stuxnet Duke. The giant U.S. technology launched the “solution”, along with detailed information to allow the anti-virus software companies to detect Duke, which takes advantage of a flaw in the Windows PC operating systems.
“To make it easier for customers, we have published a review which will allow one-click installation of the solution and an easy way for companies to implement,” said Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing group, Jerry Bryant.
“Our engineering team determined that the root cause of this vulnerability, and are working to produce a security update to address quality,” said a security advisory posted on the Internet.
A software patch to protect against Duke will not be ready in time for this month’s “Update Tuesday” next week, Microsoft said.
Duke can sneak into the computer by hiding in the Word document files open as email attachments.
Duke infections have been reported in a dozen countries, including Iran, France, Britain and India, according to the U.S. security firm Symantec.
The virus exploits a previously unknown vulnerability in the Windows font engine, theanlysis for the plant malicious code at the heart of a computer system, according to Microsoft.
“An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could install programs …, see the data, change or delete, or create new accounts with full user rights,” said Microsoft in a security advisory.
“We are aware of targeted attacks attempting to use the vulnerability, in general, we see the impact of lower customer right now,” he said.
Stuxnet was designed to attack the computer systems of control by the German industrial giant Siemens and commonly used to manage water supplies, oil rigs, power plants and other critical infrastructures.
Most Stuxnet infections have been discovered in Iran, leading to speculation that he intended to sabotage nuclear facilities
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