(The Hosting News) – Tech innovator Microsoft routinely works closely with top online security firms, sharing information regarding high priority vulnerabilities.
Most recently, the process faced somewhat of a setback as the company admitted on Friday that its “public proof-of-concept code” had been leaked.
The security exploit itself pertains to CVE-2012-0002, a remote desktop protocol allowing hackers to gain unauthorized access to computer systems via RDP packets. However, Microsoft downplayed the leak’s actual ability to allow for such actions. “We continue to watch the threat landscape and we are not aware of public proof-of-concept code that results in remote code execution,” the company stated in a press release.
However, the company is urging customers to install its latest patch (MS12-020) to deal with any fallout from the vulnerability.
Security information from Microsoft is made available through the company’s Microsoft Active Protections Program, the same way in which the exploit was possibly revealed. The company has maintained the program since 2008 and the platform allows the security companies to receive vulnerability information before Microsoft debuts its routine patches.
Meanwhile, a Reuters report regarding the matter signaled that a website in China was the source of the exploit information. Within the past month, Microsoft has kept its focus on its Windows 8 consumer preview, the company’s upcoming OS that introduces a new metro style suited for the tablet market.