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Patch for Windows Meta File Vulnerability
Note: This issue has been resolved and is posted here for archival purposes only.
Ilfak Guilfanov's Windows MetaFile fix from Hexblog.com is an emergency patch for the Windows Meta File flaw discovered in late December 2005. The vulnerability affects users of Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
Note: The following was written after the Windows Meta File vulnerability issue was resolved.
Microsoft released its own fix much earlier than expected, and you should now use that instead of the temporary patch. If you're not sure whether your computer has the official fix, go to Windows Updates (Start / All Programs / Windows Update) and get the latest "express" updates. Your computer will download the patch and then reboot. (If you got a Windows patch in the last couple of days that forced you to reboot, that's the one!)
AFTER you are sure you have the official patch, make sure you uninstall the "unofficial" one. You'll find it under Control Panel / Add or Remove Programs / WMFHotFix, MSI Version 1.
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