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Microsoft Patching 17-year-old Windows/DOS Bug

Last month we reported that Tavis Ormandy, a security researcher at Google, discovered a security flaw in the Virtual DOS Machine that can allow a nefarious user to inject code into the kernel and possibly install malware.

The flaw spanned iterations of Windows operating system over the last 17 years, including:

•Windows 2000
•Windows XP
•Windows Server 2003
•Windows Vista
•Windows Server 2008
•Windows 7
According to the BBC, Microsoft will be rolling out a fix to this bug in a February Security Update. The update will fix five vulnerabilities that allow attackers to hijack a Windows PC and run their own programs on it.

The patch is expected to hit on Tuesday, February 9 but it's a good idea to have automatic updates turned on so that your OS will do the checking for you.

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