Microsoft Issues Urgent Warning: Update Your PC Immediately
The security flaw, known as “PrintNightmare”, affects the Windows Print Spooler service in all versions of Windows.
Microsoft is urging all Windows users to immediately install an update after a serious system exploit was found by researchers.
The vulnerability is known as “PrintNightmare”. It affects the Windows Print Spooler service, according to CNN.
Sangfor Security researchers accidentally published a “how-to” guide for exploiting the Windows Print Spooler service, thus putting the exploit into the hands of bad actors.
Microsoft has issued out-of-band security updates to address the exploit and rated it as critical. While the vulnerability remains unpatched, attackers can remotely execute code with system-level privileges on Windows computers.
According to Microsoft…
“An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights…
“We recommend that you install these updates immediately,” says Microsoft. “The security updates released on and after July 6, 2021, contain protections for CVE-2021-1675 and the additional remote code execution exploit in the Windows Print Spooler service known as ‘PrintNightmare’, documented in CVE-2021-34527…”
Because of the seriousness of the PrintNightmare exploit, Microsoft is making these critical updates available for Windows 7, Windows 8, and all supported and unsupported versions of Windows 10
Someone commented we published the wrong KB number. We published the CVE. CVE number is different from the KB number. The KB number for the “PrintNightmare” patch is KB5004945.
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