Microsoft is Closing a serious Vulnerability in older versions of Windows. Microsoft has released updates for older versions of the Windows operating system.
The updates address a risky vulnerability, the company writes.
According to Microsoft, this is a potentially dangerous vulnerability.
The company warns that the weakness can be exploited in the same way as with the WannaCry malware.
With that malicious software, hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries were struck and taken hostage for ransom.
Microsoft has not yet identified any abuse of the vulnerability, but recommends that users update “as soon as possible”.
“Users’ devices can get infected without doing anything,” the company message says.
Leak in older versions
The vulnerability has been discovered in the Windows XP, Windows 7,
Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems.
With these versions, users receive a message to update.
If automatic updating is enabled, it happens automatically.
It is striking that in this case, Microsoft released security updates for systems that are no longer officially supported by the company.
It includes Windows XP and Windows 2003.
Users must download the update manually via a help page.
Only older versions of Windows contain the leak.
Devices that work with Windows 8 or Windows 10 are not affected by the weakness.