Burnt Orange Solution Shares Microsoft’s Warning About Monster Computer Bug
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Microsoft’s Warns Public About Monster Computer Bug.
Microsoft Corp. took the unusual step of warning that a computer bug it has now patched could be used by a cyber weapon similar to the WannaCry worm, which spread across the globe two years ago.
The bug in Microsoft’s Windows software, announced Tuesday, is one of several high-profile computer-security issues to emerge this week. Intel Corp. also said it was addressing new issues in its microprocessors that could allow hackers to gain unauthorized access to data. And Facebook Inc. patched its WhatsApp messaging application in response.
Microsoft (ticker: MSFT) said that it hasn’t seen anyone take advantage of the flaw, which affects older versions of its Windows operating system, but that it believes it is “highly likely” the flaw will wind up being exploited by malicious software, now that it has been publicly disclosed.
Any “future malware that exploits this vulnerability could propagate from vulnerable computer to vulnerable computer in a similar way as the WannaCry malware spread across the globe,” Microsoft said Tuesday in a blog post.
The flaw affects Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. It also affects Windows 2003 and Windows XP—older versions of Windows that Microsoft doesn’t typically patch. But, in a sign of the severity of the bug, Microsoft released XP and Windows 2003 patches as well.
“This is certainly one to take seriously,”
said Chris Coulter, vice president of technology with BlackBerry (BB) Cylance security group.
Users of Windows 10 and Windows 8 aren’t affected by the flaw, Microsoft said.
Microsoft said the best way for companies to protect themselves against the vulnerability is to upgrade to newer versions of its software, which include stronger tools for automatic updating of patches.
In the case of the WannaCry attack, Microsoft had issued a patch months before the ransomware began spreading globally. But some companies hadn’t installed the fix, either out of lax security practices or concerns about disrupting their day-to-day operations.
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