Microsoft Warns Of Critical Vulnerabilities In OS
Microsoft today warned all Windows 10 users to update their operating system immediately to avoid the risk of wormable security vulnerabilities.
Simon Pope, Microsoft’s director of Incident Response, wrote a blog post on Tuesday. The post warned all Microsoft 10 users of the presence of wormable security exploits. The warning said there were two security vulnerabilities which eventually turned out to be a total of four.
How Serious is the Risk
The severity of the four Microsoft 10 wormable security exploits CVE-2019-1181, CVE-2019-1182, CVE-2019-1222, and CVE-2019-122 are pre-authentication. Once exploited, the vulnerabilities can move and penetrate the operating system even without any user authentication.
The blog post also stated that upon successfully exploiting the vulnerability, an attacker executes an arbitrary code to the system. This means an attacker could have as much access as installing programs, as well as viewing, changing, and deleting data. Additionally, they could potentially create new accounts with full user rights.
What To Do To Avoid The Security Hole From Being Exploited
Microsoft suggested that all Windows 10 users should update their operating systems now to prevent the exploitation of this security hole which could allow attackers to spread malware to their devices without any user permission required.
Microsoft already released its monthly update earlier this week to make sure Windows 10 users are protected from the wormable security vulnerabilities. This update contained patches for all the four threats and closed the entrance point for the security exploits to enter.
How To Do The Microsoft 10 Update And Assure Computer Safety
The risk is off for Microsoft users who have enabled their copy of Windows 10 for automatic update. However, it pays to be sure that the automatic operating system update is enabled.
On the other hand, manual updating of the operating system can be done in a few easy steps. First, from the Start button look for Options then head to Update and Security, search for Windows Update and finally click the Check for Updates button.
Another mandatory step is to make sure that Remote Desktop is turned off. On your PC, search for the Remote Access on the search bar. Upon finding the statement “Allow remote assistance connections to this computer” on the pop up that appears, uncheck the box beside it before clicking OK.