Microsoft released a security update for a critical Windows 10 vulnerability. The security flaw that allowed attackers to remotely execute malicious code and spread it on numerous computers had been accidentally released by the company this month.
The technological giant explains on its website that the vulnerability, which takes the name CVE-2020-0796, is found in the Server Message Block (SMB), which allows the operating system to communicate with devices such as printers on private networks or over the Internet. The flaw was present in the latest versions of Windows 10, either 32-bit or 64-bit.
The company clarifies that although cybercriminals can exploit the vulnerability in question, for now, there is no evidence that they are, in fact, doing so. According to Microsoft, the best way for users to protect themselves is to install the security update.
When exploited, the latest security breach could lead to a similar attack chain to the WannaCry ransomware in 2017. Also in June 2019, the BlueKeep vulnerability, also known as CVE-2019-0708, launched a panic among users of the Microsoft's operating system, prompting the company to take additional security measures.
In November of that year, researchers at the tech giant's cybersecurity department revealed that BlueKeep has been increasingly exploited by hackers, especially on more vulnerable machines. In all, since September 6, 2019, 100 daily crashes have been reported in Remote Access systems, which are related to the vulnerability.