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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Potential Vista speech recognition security issue

There has been a recent discovery that the speech recognition system in Windows Vista could be hijacked to delete files or perform other unauthorised actions to users computers.

Vista contains an updated speech recognition technology which prompted security researchers to see if it was possible to create MP3 files on websites or audio tracks to issue spoken commands which take control of computers running Windows Vista.

Microsoft said the exploit is technically possible but unlikely to be much of a threat in practice even though a number of security researchers have already tested the approach and were able to delete files and visit arbitrary websites even though it was very hard to do so.

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