Microsoft has published a security advisory warning of a critical vulnerability in Microsoft DirectX on older versions of Windows.
The problem is in the way that Microsoft DirectShow handles QuickTime format files – meaning that if a user opened a maliciously crafted QuickTime media file, the hackers could run dangerous code on your computer.
According to Microsoft, all versions of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 are not vulnerable but Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 are affected.
A proper patch for the problem is not yet available, but the company has issued a workaround that can be used by vulnerable Windows users.
The workaround, which disables QuickTime parsing, involves making changes to the…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.