Microsoft is patching a major Windows 10 flaw discovered by the NSA (updated)
For a change, the NSA disclosed the vulnerability rather than exploiting it.
The IT world is waiting on pins and needles today for a high-profile Microsoft Windows 10 security patch, and now we know why. The US National Security Agency (NSA) discovered a serious flaw in Windows 10 that could expose users to surveillance or serious data breaches, according to the Washington Post. That was backed by Krebs on Security, which reported that the NSA confirmed that it did find a major vulnerability that it passed on to Microsoft.
In the past, the NSA might have kept the security hole to itself, using it to spy on adversaries. The best examples of that are WannaCry and EternalBlue, Windows 10 vulnerabilities discovered and exploited by the NSA for years. The agency developed hacking tools to exploit those holes, but some of them were uncovered and released by a suspected Russian hacking group called Shadow Brokers. EternalBlue is still used to this day on unpatched systems for ransomware, theft and other types of attacks.
Update 1:15PM ET: Microsoft has issued patches for Windows 10 and both Windows Server 2016 and 2019. This post has been updated to reflect this new info.
(TLB) published this article from the Original Post at engadget.com
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