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Winamp Skins Being Used to Infect PC's

Discussão em 'Dúvidas e Suporte—Internet, Redes, Segurança' iniciada por greven, 27 de Agosto de 2004. (Respostas: 0; Visualizações: 533)

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    greven Folding Artist

    According to an article on CNET's News.com reports that spyware and virus makers, "are using a flaw in the way the multimedia software loads graphical themes, or skins, to infect PCs with their wares. The digital music player--made by America Online subsidiary Nullsoft, whose informal mascot is the llama--improperly allows the skin files to run programs."

    Users of skin programs that have the ability to apply skins automatically (like Winamp for instance) should be ware.

    "The flaw is being used by some spyware makers to infect people's computers with their illicit programs, according to another group of researchers, at French company K-Otik Security. The attack had been used to spread spyware among Internet relay chat users, infecting a computer after the victim clicked on a Web address that appeared in the chat window."

    In addition, and to add to the many reasons why one should start using Mozilla Firefox rather than Internet Explorer, the article continues to state:

    "A malicious Web site using a specially crafted Winamp skin to place and execute arbitrary programs" could take control of a victim's computer, the company said in a Wednesday advisory. "With Internet Explorer, this can be done without user interaction."

    My personal advice to all deviantART users is to keep yourself informed about the state of internet security so you can protect yourself from these viruses. Don't rely on your antivirus program to do all the work, it takes user education and interaction to work successfuly. Beware of this latest virus scare and stay protected.

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    Primeiro, se tiverem firefox, ou melhor, se não tiverem o iE não há grande preocupação.

    Segundo, se não forem a sites manhosos também não deve haver problema.


    Terceiro, deve estar mesmo aí a sair um update.


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