Remote Access Flaw Hits Windows XP

By Dave

I know Windows having a flaw is probably not news to most of the readers here as this is a constant thing, but it looks like Remote Access is now under the list of things that have been broken. This new flaw is just another way that someone could create a DOS (Denial of Service) attack on a computer.

The vulnerability does not allow attackers to gain control of Windows systems, but it could be used to cause affected computers to crash repeatedly. This would be done by creating specially crafted messages using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), which is used by Windows’ Terminal Services and Remote Desktop Sharing features, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft is advising users to either block the port that uses RDP (port 3389) or to disable the remote access features that use them. Terminal Services is used by the Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 operating systems. Remote Desktop Sharing is a feature of Windows XP.

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