Windows users are to immediately install an update after security researchers found a serious vulnerability in the operating system according to Microsoft
The security mishap discussed externally as PrintNightmare, affects the Windows Print Spooler services. Researchers at cybersecurity company Sangfor technologies accidentally published a how-to guide for exploiting the vulnerability.
Earlier in May, the researchers tweeted that they had found vulnerabilities in Print Spooler, a feature that allows multiple users to access a printer.
Microsoft (MSFT) warned that hackers exploiting the vulnerability could install programs, view and delete data or even create new user accounts with full user rights. That gives hackers enough command and control of your PC to do some serious damage.
Windows 10 is not the only version affected. Windows 7, which Microsoft ended support for last year, is also subject to vulnerability. And despite announcing that it would no longer issue updates for Windows 7, Microsoft has now issued a patch for its 12-year old operating system, underscoring the severity of the PrintNightmare flaw.
It warned that not all versions updates are available and that it wants to release updates as soon as they are ready. Updates for Windows Server 2016, Windows 10 version 1607, and Windows Server 2012 are “expected soon,” according to the tech giant.
“We recommend that you install these updates immediately,” the company said.
By: Worlanyo King | myactiveonline.com