Microsoft has said it is working on fixes to protect Windows 95 and Windows NT from Land Attack, and is expecting to post them on its Web site in the next few days, possibly today.
Land Attack is a method of crashing computers and routers by exploiting a common defect in many TCP/IP stacks. As reported on VNU Newswire on November 27, the technique has recently become widely publicised among the hacker community via an internet mailing list. It is considered extremely dangerous by internet security specialists.
Microsoft has admitted that the Land Attack can crash Windows 95 systems, requiring them to be rebooted. However, the company maintains that Land Attack will not crash a Windows NT 4.0 system that has Service Pack 3 and all the latest hot fixes installed. Instead, a Microsoft spokesperson said, the system will experience a slowdown for about a minute, after which it resumes normal operation.
Land Attack also reportedly affects most flavours of Unix, including Solaris and HP-UX.
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