Windows 10 and Windows 7 users should make sure their PCs are fully up to date with the latest security patches.
That’s the warning from Microsoft who say they have found some critical vulnerabilities in these popular operating systems.
Along with the lastest flaw allowing attackers to take full control of your computer, the US technology giant has also confirmed that the issue is ‘wormable’ – meaning that any future malware that exploits this issue could move from vulnerable computer to vulnerable computer without any user interaction.
In a post on its website Simon Pope, Director of Incident Response at the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC). explained: “Today Microsoft released a set of fixes for Remote Desktop Services that include two critical Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerabilities.”
“The affected versions of Windows are Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, and all supported versions of Windows 10, including server versions.
“These vulnerabilities were discovered by Microsoft during hardening of Remote Desktop Services as part of our continual focus on strengthening the security of our products.
“It is important that affected systems are patched as quickly as possible because of the elevated risks associated with wormable vulnerabilities like these, and downloads for these can be found in the Microsoft Security Update Guide.”
It’s worth noting that Microsoft is confident that no evidence has surfaced which suggests the vulnerabilities were known to any third party – meaning attacks are yet to have taken place.
If you have automatic updates enabled then your PC should also be automatically protected by these fixes and you’re also safe if you are running Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008 as these are not affected.
This latest Windows issue comes after problems hit some users of Surface devices after an update to the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers.
Since the release of the new firmware, a number of fans have taken to Reddit and Microsoft’s Answers forum declaring they are unable to connect to 5GHz Wi-Fi connections.
Most notably, others have declared they are unable to establish a pairing with any internet base at all.
Some owners of a Surface Book, Surface Pro 6, Surface Pro 5 and the Surface Laptop 2 have reported such an issue.
Thankfully, those that are affected by the newest issue are able to revert to the previous driver update to fix their Wi-Fi.