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Microsoft’s urgent warning to Windows 10 and Windows 11 users as the tech giant confirms a new critical vulnerability

MICROSOFT announced that all versions of Windows are affected by a series of newly discovered security threats, and announced up to 97 security holes to watch out for by January 2022.

Special Six Critical security vulnerabilities affecting Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 11, along with Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server 2022.

Microsoft advises Windows users to download updates immediately

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Microsoft advises Windows users to download updates immediately

Company recommend users to update Windows as soon as possible and resume automatic updates if disabled.

User can update manually by opening Start menu, click the icon in the bottom left corner of operating system screen.

Then Microsoft users can Setting and then go to Update and security.

Windows customers have the option to download updates there.

Patches for January 2022 will come to different users’ operating systems at different times.

Microsoft notes that of the six most severe “zero day” vulnerabilities, the company has not found hackers exploiting them in the wild.

One security vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2022-21840, is a type of bug known as remote code execution (RCE), Microsoft disclosed on its website.

It can be exploited by hackers by sending a malicious file to the target via email.

“An attacker could exploit the vulnerability by sending a specially crafted file to the user and convincing the user to open the file,” Microsoft explains.

Microsoft has been plagued with a series of security issues over the past 18 months.

In 2020, the National Security Agency (NSA) notified Microsoft of a major flaw in their operating system that could have allowed hackers to pretend to be a legitimate software company.

And in March 2021, hundreds of thousands of Exchange users from across the workplace were targeted by Chinese hackers.

Officials said the email and calendar program had four vulnerabilities in its software that allowed hackers to gain access to servers.

Microsoft is also target for the devastating SolarWinds hack, that saw at least nine federal agencies targeted by hackers in a campaign on suspicion of Russian espionage.

At least 100 private sector businesses were also compromised.

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Caroline Bleakley

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