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Instant Messenger security flaw to be fixed within days, claims AOL.

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Internet company America Online (AOL) has announced its intention to issue a resolution for a security hole found in its AOL Instant Messenger software within the next few days.

The security vulnerability could allow hackers to delete files or even take over a PC. The problem lies in a feature that allows users to invite other Instant Messenger users in their 'buddy list' to play online games with them.

The vulnerability is called a buffer overflow problem and is reportedly only found on Windows versions of the software.

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