October 13, 2009
Microsoft Windows is prone to a local denial-of-service vulnerability that affects the Windows kernel. The issue stems from an error in the kernel's exception handler. Attackers may exploit this issue to restart the system, causing a denial-of-service condition.
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Permit local access for trusted individuals only. Where possible, use restricted environments and restricted shells.
To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker requires local interactive access to an affected computer. Grant local access for trusted and accountable users only.
Microsoft has released an advisory and updates. Please see the references for details.
Tavis Ormandy and Neel Mehta
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