In case you use Windows 10 or Windows 11 then you should ensure that you have downloaded the very updates from Microsoft. The Redmond firm has just issued a particularly urgent warning after finding a flaw in its popular operating systems that might give cyber criminals complete control of any PC. To make matters worse, the bug has been stamped with an official, and dreaded, zero-day warning.
Not heard of this phrase? It’s one to take very seriously because it means it’s possible – and really likely – that the bug is already known to criminals and is getting used right away to contaminate and attack PCs.
The incontrovertible fact that this weakness has that ‘zero-day’ warning is why Microsoft has acted so fast to push out the most recent Windows upgrade. Once downloaded and installed on a PC, hackers using the flaw shall be stopped of their tracks.
The flaw, called CVE-2022-37969, holds a severity rating of seven.8 with Microsoft confirming that “an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain SYSTEM privileges.”
Together with this issue being fixed, Microsoft says its latest update, which was released as a part of Patch Tuesday, also mends an additional 61 flaws so its vital all users ensure that their devices are fully updated.
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These gemlins include elevation of privilege vulnerabilities, distant code execution vulnerabilities and fixes to Microsoft’s Edge browser.
Here’s how you can ensure that your PC is up thus far
In Windows 10 and Windows 11, you select when and how you can get the most recent updates to maintain your device running easily and securely. To administer your options and see available updates, select Check for Windows updates. Or select the Start button, after which go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
News of this update comes after a recent release from Microsoft left some users unable to log into their PCs.
At the tip of August, the KB5016691 patch was pushed out to thousands and thousands of devices and was meant to handle quite a few niggling issues similar to problems with USB printing, Bluetooth headsets and the Microsoft Store. Nevertheless, while this patch fixed some gremlins it also introduced one other one, because it could cause Windows 11 users to be locked out of their laptops.
Microsoft has since addressed the problem and you could find out full details here.