Hacker News report even Windows 7 included in latest Emergency Patch issued by Microsoft
Even Windows 7 included in latest Emergency Patch issued by Microsoft.
Hacker News report:
"Microsoft has shipped an emergency out-of-band security update to address a critical zero-day vulnerability — known as "PrintNightmare" — that affects the Windows Print Spooler service and can permit remote threat actors to run arbitrary code and take over vulnerable systems."
Microsoft users should check they are using the latest available release for their operating system.
See link below for more details.
Source: The Hacker News.
How to Mitigate Microsoft Print Spooler Vulnerability
Update: 8 July 2021.
It sounds like the issue addressed by the latest Emergency Patch is VERY serious.
ALL computer devices using Microsoft Windows are apparently vulnerable until patched or other mitigating steps are taken.
To be on the safe side, businesses and organisations using Windows may wish to read and maybe share with their IT Support the latest article published by Hacker News on this subject.
Update Your Windows PCs to Patch 117 New Flaws, Including 9 Zero-Days
Update: 13 July 2021.
Hacker News reported that Microsoft has rolled out Patch Tuesday updates for the month of July with fixes for a total of 117 security vulnerabilities, including nine zero-day flaws, of which four are said to be under active attacks in the wild, potentially enabling an adversary to take control of affected systems.
A zero-day attack patch is issued by developers when they discover a flaw which has been exploited without their knowledge.
Microsoft Warns of New Unpatched Windows Print Spooler Vulnerability
Update: 15 July 2021
Microsoft is recommending users to stop and disable the Print Spooler service to prevent malicious actors from exploiting the vulnerability.
Visit the following link to learn how you can disable the Print Spooler.
Update Microsoft Windows to the latest release
By default the Windows OS should update automatically.
But to be on the safe side, you should still check you are using the latest release.
"To install the latest security updates, Windows users can head to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, or by selecting Check for Windows updates." (Hacker News).
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