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Microsoft alerts users to serious security flaw

The Microsoft company called on Windows users to immediately install an update, after a team of company security researchers found a serious vulnerability in the operating system.

It is about the PrintNightmare security flaw, which affects Windows 7 and Windows 10 operating systems in terms of its print queue service, US media reported.

The error occurred after a cybersecurity company accidentally published a guide on how to exploit vulnerabilities in the service, according to CNN.

The Sangfor firm mistakenly tweeted a test at the end of May showing that they had found a security flaw in the Windows Print Spooler service, which allows multiple people to access the same printer.

While the company removed the tweet, screenshots of this information were posted elsewhere online, forcing Microsoft to warn its customers that hackers could use the vulnerability to install programs, as well as to view or remove. data.

As for Windows 7, whose support was canceled last year, this vulnerability is also subject to this. Although Microsoft announced that it will no longer provide updates for this version of the operating system created 12 years ago, it did decide to issue a patch for the PrintNightmare flaw.

The company founded by Bill Gates noted that updates for Windows Server 2016, Windows 10, version 1607 and Windows Server 2012 "are expected soon," according to CNN.

Other Microsoft alerts

This Microsoft security alert is in addition to others that were issued in the last year and a half. Since March 2021, hundreds of thousands of users of the Exchange, email and calendar program, have been attacked as a result of four vulnerabilities that were found in their software, which allowed hackers to access the servers of the popular service.

In January 2020, the US National Security Agency alerted Microsoft to a major flaw in Windows that could enable hackers to impersonate legitimate software companies.

Windows 11 came six years after the company last overhauled its operating system with Windows 10, an update that now runs on about 1.300 billion devices worldwide, according to data from the company CCS Insight.

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