Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 users could be exposed to malware attacks, Microsoft has warned users on May 18, 2010. The announcement, made on Microsoft’s Security Response Center blog, involves the Canonical Display Driver (cdd.dll) and affects Windows 7 x64, Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 and Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium operating systems.
This is not the first time Windows 7 was found with some security holes but according to the company, the issue also only exists if users have the Aero theme installed. By using Windows 7 Basic or Windows Classic themes, the path malcode could take is switched off.
The bug would most likely make most machines reboot its affected system according to a blog post by Jerry Bryant, Microsoft spokesman. This kind of malware may also open a door for more attacks (Backdoor attacks) when it is silently installed into your system but attackers need to bypass memory randomization protections to break in.
The malicious bug can give hackers the power to exploit its victim. What it does is it will trick the victim into viewing an image file on a website or email. The driver will then emulate the Windows XP display driver for interactions with earlier graphics engines.
A spokesman said that Microsoft is working on a security update for affected versions of Windows, although the company suspects that making workable hacks using cdd.dll is unlikely.Microsoft is working on a security update for affected versions of Windows, although the company suspects that making workable hacks using cdd.dll is unlikely. In the meantime, users experiencing this attack can prevent it by disabling the Windows Aero Theme. Change it to Basic theme or Turn it off on Windows Control Panel, Appearance and Personalization.