Windows 10 WARNING: Another reason to upgrade to Microsoft’s latest OS

Alfred Osborne
May 15, 2019

Microsoft said that it hasn't seen anyone take advantage of the flaw, which affects older versions of its Windows operating system, but that it believes it is "highly likely" the flaw will wind up being exploited by malicious software, now that it has been publicly disclosed.

Those running Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008, Pope explains, will receive the patch automatically through the Windows Update system as usual; Windows XP and Windows 2003 users, by contrast, need to download and install a manual update - or, Pope recommends, 'upgrade to the latest version of Windows'. The company is also backporting a patch for this vulnerability to versions that are no longer supported, such as Windows 2003 and XP.

The flaw doesn't affect Microsoft's more recent operating systems, such as Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, or Windows Server 2019.

Microsoft patched today a critical Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerability found in the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) platform which can allow malicious actors to create malware designed to propagate between computers running vulnerable RDS installations.

Another patch fixes CVE-2019-0903, which exploits a problem in Windows Server's Windows Graphics Device Interface (GDI), and enables an attacker to run code via a malicious web site or file.

Systems that are affected can then spread the virus to other at-risk PCs and networks around the world. "It is for these reasons that we strongly advise that all affected systems - irrespective of whether NLA is enabled or not - should be updated as soon as possible".

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Of these, 18 patches deal with vulnerabilities in the Windows Scripting Engine and web browsers.

Microsoft also issued mitigation guidance for the latest hardware design flaws affecting Intel processors that allow so-called Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) attacks.

Microsoft had already released a patch for the flaw, but many older and vulnerable OSes were never updated.

Security researchers have shown it is possible to exploit MDS vulnerabilities with attacks such as rogue in-flight data load (RIDL) and Fallout to glean secrets and sensitive information such as password and digital keys on recent Intel processors.

Windows 10 Mobile will go out of support in December this year, which means this month's Cumulative Update is one of the last few coming to the OS.

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