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Windows 2000 web servers vulnerable to attack!


Bug Alert! - Dangerous Windows 2000 web server vulnerability found!


This question was answered on May 4, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Microsoft issued a warning about a security vulnerability that puts millions of Web servers at risk to outside access.

The problem, found by independent security firm eEye Digital Security, is rooted in a component in Windows 2000 that allows users to print remotely over the Internet The flaw enables attackers to take control of Web servers using Windows 2000 and Internet Information Server 5.0 (IIS), simply by sending a single string of carefully crafted text to that component.

Microsoft has posted the technical information and a patch to this vulnerability at:

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on May 4, 2001