1/30/2006

Hackers lurk in AMD Web site

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 8:11 pm

Users of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s (AMD’s) microprocessors may want to think twice before looking for technical support on the company’s Web site. Customer support discussion forums on the forums.amd.com site have been compromised and are being used in an attempt to infect visitors with malicious software, an AMD spokesman confirmed Monday.

Because AMD had just learned of the problem, Prairie could give few details on how the site was compromised or on when AMD expected to have the issue resolved. “It’s being worked on and corrected,” he said.

According to F-Secure’s Hypponen, attackers are exploiting a widely reported flaw in the way the Windows operating system renders images that use the WMF (Windows Metafile) graphics format. This flaw was patched on Jan. 5, so users who are running versions of Windows that have the latest patches installed are not at risk, he said.

Ironically, AMD Web site visitors who are using chips that support the new DEP (Data Execution Prevention) feature, which prevents software from running where it doesn’t belong, are probably protected from the WMF malware, Hypponen said. “If you are running an AMD processor with DEP enabled, it likely protects you from the vulnerability that hit you from the AMD site.

Source: infoworld

 

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