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Microsoft discovers rootkit causing blue screen after Windows XP patch

Date: 17 February 2010

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Greetings all,

Last Friday we mentioned that reports had been emerging regarding Microsoft's MS10-015 patch may have been causing blue screen of death crashes on Windows XP machines. Microsoft have now released a blog regarding this issue in which they state that upon investigation, it appears that this issue is caused by the presence of a malware infection.

Microsoft has stated that a malware rootkit, specifically the "Allureon rootkit" is responsible for causing these crashes on infected Windows XP systems. They are continuing to encourage users to deploy this month's security updates and ensure that they have up-to-date virus scanning software installed.

For more information regarding this issue, please see Microsoft's blog.

Regards,
Jonathan