Friday sort-of funnies: a new Vista security hole

Subject: Friday sort-of funnies: a new Vista security hole
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2007 10:14:58 -0500

This just in from Woody's Office Watch ( about a clever -- and very funny, at least if you're using a Mac -- new security hole in Vista*. Apparently, it's possible to set up a Web site so that it automatically runs an MP3 file that (if properly designed) can trigger Vista's voice recognition system if you're unfortuante enough to have the speakers and microphone in the right/ wrong positions, so that the mike picks up the spoken commands embedded in the MP3. I can see the black hats hacking the official Beatles fan site: "Paul is dead. By the way: Computer, Format C:. You are the walrus." <g>

* Though strictly speaking, it's not a Vista problem; this could affect anyone using any speech recognition software, even on a Mac or Linux box. I can hardly wait for the bad guys to hack the handwriting recognition engine. <g>

-- Geoff Hart
ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
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