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NSA urges old Windows version users to upgrade asap

Posted on Friday, June 07 2019 @ 12:03:34 CEST by

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Gizmodo reports the NSA is warning everyone to update old versions of Windows as soon as possible. As you may have heard, three of weeks ago Microsoft took the unusual step to release a new patch for unsupported versions of Windows (including Windows XP). The software giant deemed this necessary as the risk of a major worm was too high, but a lot of users still haven't patched. At the moment, there's no worm that exploits the "BlueKeep" vulnerability, but the risk is still very high.
“Recent warnings by Microsoft stressed the importance of installing patches to address a protocol vulnerability in older versions of Windows,” the NSA advisory read. “Microsoft has warned that this flaw is potentially ‘wormable,’ meaning it could spread without user interaction across the internet. We have seen devastating computer worms inflict damage on unpatched systems with wide-ranging impact, and are seeking to motivate increased protections against this flaw.”



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