Windows 7 and XP are vulnerable to a major security exploit – so patch now

Microsoft has put out a
warning
to those still using its Windows XP, Windows 7
or other early operating systems (OS), urging them to update their
PCs with the latest security patch in order to prevent against a
serious threat.

The computing giant has discovered a vulnerability in these
earlier versions of its OS that’s similar in nature to the
devastating WannaCry ransomware
that swept the globe in
May, 2017 and
continues to affect thousands of users
.

The vulnerability is ‘wormable’, according to Microsoft,
which means that no user interaction is required for their system
to be exploited, and affected systems are capable of propagating
the virus to other at-risk computers and networks around the
world. 

How to patch

Microsoft has claimed that it has, as yet, “observed no
exploitation of this vulnerability, [but] it is highly likely that
malicious actors will write an exploit for this vulnerability and
incorporate it into their malware”.

As such, the software heavyweight is urging that “affected
systems are patched as quickly as possible to prevent such a
scenario from happening”.

There are download links to the appropriate updates found at the
foot of
this page
for those still using any of
the following operating systems: Windows 7,
Windows 2008 R2, Windows 2008,
Windows 2003 or Windows XP.

Users running Windows 8 and Windows
10
aren’t at risk of this particular exploit, although
it’s always wise to keep up to date with the latest security
patches regardless.

Source: FS – All Tech News 2
Windows 7 and XP are vulnerable to a major security exploit – so patch now