The security hole on which Aunty reported last week, in the processing of PNG graphic
files by MSN Messenger and other Windows programs, has moved Microsoft to
require that users of their MSN Messenger upgrade before being allowed back on
to the Messenger network.
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According to a report on CNET’s News.com, on Friday Microsoft began
requiring that users download the new, secured version of MSN Messenger,
following the announcement by a security company not only of the discovery of
the security hole, but of instructions as to how to exploit the
According to a Microsoft spokesperson, “Microsoft was planning on asking
Messenger users to upgrade over a longer period of time, but once the security
posting went public the company decided to upgrade all users at once”.
So, be forewarned, if you want to log in to the MSN Messenger network,
you’ll need to download the upgrade first. You can download the upgrade