KB40915 - Microsoft Critical Update for Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7
May 15, 2017 - Hackers found a vulnerability in all versions of Windows including Win 10, 8 and 7. A massive Ransomware attack took place in Europe over this past weekend. Microsoft has been warning about this attack for the past month, but recently they pressed hard for customers to install this critical update as the situation has escalated to such a critical level worldwide.
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Microsoft released the following Security Bulletin - This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution (taking control of your computer) if an attacker sends specially crafted messages to a Microsoft Server Message Block 1.0 (SMBv1) server.
Microsoft has released separate security patches below for each version of Windows that addresses the threat, see below.
With all of the reports of cyberattacks and hacking taking place, it is smart to take all security precautions to protect yourself. If you have an older computer built prior to 2012, you are particularly at risk. If you are still using a computer running on Windows XP, you have no security protection at all since Microsoft no longer support Windows XP. Contact us for more details on that topic.
This security update is rated Critical for all supported releases of Microsoft Windows.
Microsoft states that you can protect yourself from this vulnerability by installing the following recent critical update then rebooting your machine. Note these are single security updates not rollups (bundled updates):
For more articles and fixes see the main Knowledge Base Page.
Also learn how to protect yourself online: Personal Online Security by NTI.
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