Windows 10 and 7 users should install this emergency update immediately, warns Microsoft

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All Windows 10 and Windows 7 users should install the latest security patch from Microsoft without delay. The Redmond-based company has issued the alert to millions of users in response to the recently discovered PrintNightmare threat, which is being actively exploited by hackers.

This “zero-day” threat was discovered earlier this month and allows attackers to remotely execute code with system-level privileges. That’s about as bad as it gets.

This attack basically means that a cyber criminal can install software on PCs, including terrifying applications that keep a log of everything typed on the keyboard. If the attack is hit, users could find personal information, such as banking details and passwords, in the wrong hands.

As Microsoft explains, “A remote code execution vulnerability exists when the Windows Print Spooler service performs improper file operations. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could execute arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges. An attacker can then install, view, modify or delete programs or create new accounts with full user rights.”

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Thankfully, Microsoft has now found a way to fix the PrintNightmare bug, but it’s vital that Windows fans make sure the latest updates are installed as soon as possible.

In a posting on its website, the Redmond firm said: “Microsoft has completed its investigation and has released security updates to address this vulnerability. Please refer to the Security Updates table for the applicable update for your system. We recommend that you install these updates immediately. “

The first threat was discovered by cybersecurity researchers at Sangfor, with the team finding a problem within the Windows Print Spooler service.

Most bugs take a while for Microsoft to fix, but this update has been pushed out at a rapid pace due to the fact that users have already been targeted. You will find all the details about the updates here with this latest patch called KB5004945.

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Neela Josh
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