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Microsoft Releases Patch to Severe Windows Flaw Detected by NSA
By Tom Verbeke and Ann Leaman
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Microsoft Corporation released a patch to fix a software vulnerability in its Windows operating system that could allow hackers to breach or surveil targeted computer networks, after the National Security Agency detected the flaw.
U.S. government officials described the vulnerability in Windows 10—Microsoft’s most popular operating system—as especially severe and one that Microsoft customers should work to fix immediately by updating their systems. Both Microsoft and the NSA said they hadn’t found evidence the flaw had been exploited for malicious purposes.
“A security update was released on January 14, 2020, and customers who have already applied the update, or have automatic updates enabled, are already protected,” Jeff Jones, a Microsoft senior director, said in a statement. “As always, we encourage customers to install all security updates as soon as possible.”
The flaw at issue involves a mistake in how Microsoft uses digital signatures to verify software as authentic, which helps block malware from being deployed on a computer. The error would potentially enable hackers to install powerful malware on systems undetected.
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