Microsoft Fixes 19 Year Old Bug

Microsoft has discovered a bug that has been lurking for 19 years and they have now patched it. IBM researchers discovered it in May this year, but they worked with Microsoft to fix the problem before releasing the details publicly. Apparently the bug had been present in every version of Windows since 1995 and it has meant that hackers could exploit the bug to remotely control a PC.

The bug has been addressed by Microsoft in its monthly security update. IBM researcher Robert Freeman said “The bug can be used by an attacker for drive-by attacks to reliably run code remotely and take over the user’s machine.”

The bug has been named WinShock in some quarters and it has been graded as 9.3/10 on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS).Microsoft Bug

Security experts had compared the bug to other significant problems that had come to light this year such as the Heartbleed bug but they also said that while its impact could be just as significant, it might be more difficult for attackers to exploit.

Gavin Millard, from Tenable Network Security, said  “Whilst no proof-of-concept code has surfaced yet, due to Microsoft thankfully being tight-lipped on the exact details of the vulnerability, it won’t be long until one does, which could be disastrous for any admin that hasn’t updated.”

Hopefully that will put an end to the matter now for Microsoft and it’s customers. These bugs and viruses are so frustrating but have become part and parcel of life in this day and age.

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