New attack can flatten XP firewall.

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  1. nadirah

    nadirah Registered Member

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    New attack can flatten XP firewall

    Posted October 31st at 12:00 am | Tags: hackers, security, Windows |
    computerworld.com

    “Hackers have published code that could let an attacker disable the Windows Firewall on certain Windows XP machines.
    The code, which was posted on the Internet early Sunday morning, could be used to disable the Windows Firewall on a fully patched Windows XP PC that was running Windows’ Internet Connection Service (ICS). This service allows Windows users to essentially turn their PC into a router and share their Internet connection with other computers on the local area network (LAN.) It is typically used by home and small-business users.”



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  2. gerardwil

    gerardwil Registered Member

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    I think the ICS service is the target not the XP Firewall
    If you have disabled the XP Firewall yourself the ICS service can still be running and you are vulnerable.
    You can check this, type at the command prompt:

    sc query sharedaccess

    Gerard
     
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