Microsoft Alerts Of Major WannaCry-Akin Windows Security Exploit – Market News Store

Microsoft Alerts Of Major WannaCry-Akin Windows Security Exploit

Microsoft is alerting consumers of older variants of Windows to immediately apply a Windows Update this week to defend against a possible extensive attack. The software behemoth has patched dangerous execution of a remote code vulnerability in Remote Desktop Services that is present in Windows 7, Windows XP, and server variants such as Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008. The firm is taking the extremely strange method of launching patches for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP although both OS are out of support. Windows XP consumers will have to download the update manually from update catalog of Microsoft.

“This vulnerability is pre-verification and needs no interaction from user,” claims director of incident response at Security Response Center of Microsoft, Simon Pope, to the media in an interview. “In different words, the flaw is ‘wormable’, indicating that any future virus that exploits this flaw might propagate from vulnerable device to vulnerable system in a same way as the WannaCry attack was distributed all over the world in 2017.”

Microsoft claims that it has not seen exploits of this type, but now that the solutions are being launched it is only a fraction of time before bad actors reverse engineer the patches by Microsoft and make malware.

On a related note, Microsoft in Windows 95 earlier launched the concept of “PowerToys.” It was initially a method for OS engineers to experiment on a prototype function, and the firm bundled some of the best ones into a PowerToys package. These PowerToys comprise popular tools such as Tweak UI to tailor the Windows UI, Send To X that allow you send folders & files to the clipboard, command line, or desktop, and Quick Res to swiftly alter screen resolutions.

PowerToys vanished after Windows XP, during a time when Bill Gates (co-founder) ordered a safety review of everything that was in-progress into OS.

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