Microsoft Issues Urgent Patches for 97 Flaws, Including Active Ransomware Exploit
Microsoft has issued a critical update to address 97 security flaws, including one that is being actively exploited by ransomware attacks. This is the largest number of vulnerabilities patched in a single release since Microsoft began tracking them in 2017. The most severe vulnerability could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code and take control of an affected system, which makes it especially important for users to patch their systems as soon as possible.
The company recommends that all customers apply the updates immediately or enable automatic updates so they can be applied automatically when available. In addition, users should also ensure their antivirus software is up-to-date and regularly scan for malicious software on their computers. Furthermore, Microsoft advises customers who are using Windows 10 version 1709 or earlier versions not only to install this month’s patches but also to upgrade to the latest version 1803 or later versions if they haven’t done so already because these new versions contain additional protections against ransomware threats like WannaCry and NotPetya from 2017.
Overall, although many organizations have been slow at applying patches due to compatibility issues with existing applications running on older operating systems, such as Windows 7, this recent announcement serves as an urgent reminder about how important it is for everyone – individuals and businesses alike – to keep up with regular security maintenance tasks, such as patching vulnerable applications to stay safe online.Read more at The Hacker News