Windows is infamous for having bugs and vulnerabilities, but the Microsoft team is fast enough to patch the bugs and vulnerabilities faster than any other OS. Recently, Microsoft said that the older versions of Windows do have a critical vulnerability, that helped Wanna Cry ransomware to activate on the computer. As this is a critical vulnerability that may affect millions of computers, Microsoft is asking the users to update to the latest versions as soon as possible to prevent any malware or ransomware attacks. The vulnerability is named as CVE-2019-0708 and is present in the Remote Desktop Service protocol in Windows.
The vulnerability is marked as critical by Microsoft team as it is said to be “Wormable.” Which means if one computer gets infected due to this vulnerability, the same can spread to other computers connected to the network. By exploiting the vulnerability, the hackers and attackers can quickly get access to tons of computers connected to the same network. That is why it is advised to update the Windows to the latest version, as it will install the required patch on your computer. According to Microsoft, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008 are the vulnerable operating systems. Also, Microsoft’s long gone Windows XP is one of the vulnerable operating systems.
Simon Pope, Director of Incident Response at Microsoft Security Response Center said in a blog post that the vulnerability is so critical, that an infected computer connected to the corporate network may spread the virus and infect the entire network. Those companies who have not completely updated the internal systems are at high risks, as Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008 are commonly used in corporate companies. Microsoft has already released the vulnerability patch for all of the infected operating system users.