Microsoft Vista suffers from speech recognition flaw
The greatest flaw detected in the much-hyped Microsoft Vista is a speech flaw, which has been admitted by Microsoft. Vista responds to voice commands for its operation. Security experts have voiced the view that malicious sound files on the websites could exploit it. The speech commands if hacked can be used to even delete the files from a computer. It was blogger George Ou who pointed out the security hole.
However, Microsoft has expressed the view that hacking in this way would not be such an easy task. A Microsoft security researcher wrote on the team’s official blog “The exploit scenario would involve the speech recognition feature picking up commands through the microphone such as ‘copy’, ‘delete’, ‘shutdown’, etc. and acting on them”. Windows Product Support Services can be contacted by those who feel that their systems have been hacked by duplicate voice commands.
As a preventive measure, Microsoft has advised that the Vista users should “turn off their speakers and microphone when they leave their PC”. Though Microsoft has responded to this flaw positively, but it has not come up with any announcement whether the Company will make arrangement of mending this flaw once and for all.
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