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15 May 2019, 04:10 | Casey Mitchell
Microsoft issues new patch for Windows XP to fight a dangerous 'wormable' vulnerability
On Tuesday, the company said it discovered a serious flaw in Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 and 2008 systems, which can be exploited to create malware capable of automatically spreading from one vulnerable machine to another.
"This vulnerability is pre-authentication and requires no user interaction", the MSRC blog post says. While Microsoft has not yet seen any case of this vulnerability being exploited, it is likely that hackers will incorporate an exploit for this vulnerability into new malware.
Basically, find one of countless vulnerable Windows boxes facing the internet or on a network, and send carefully crafted packets to its remote desktop service, if running, to start executing malicious code on the machine. The latter, CVE-2019-0725, is a particularly nasty memory corruption vulnerability, since all that is needed to exploit it is a well-crafted packet sent to a DHCP server and affects all now supported versions of Windows, client and server.
Windows phone handsets running Windows 10 Mobile received an operating system update today.
"Microsoft invests heavily in strengthening the security of its products, often through major architectural improvements that are not possible to backport to earlier versions of Windows". It also is present in computers powered by Windows XP and Windows 2003, operating systems for which Microsoft long ago stopped shipping security updates.
Of these, 18 patches deal with vulnerabilities in the Windows Scripting Engine and web browsers.
Microsoft says that the critical RDS vulnerability tracked as CVE-2019-0708 impacts only older in-support versions of Windows (i.e. Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008), with security updates for the affected versions being available via the Microsoft Security Update Guide.
A patch is now available for a privilege escalation vulnerability exploited in the wild that affects the way Windows Error Reporting handles files.
Microsoft included several fixes for critical vulnerabilities that could enable an attacker to run code remotely on a target system. In particular there's fixes out for the information-leaking family of Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) security flaws in Intel processors revealed this week.
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