Microsoft has released a patch of six updates on Tuesday to sew up at least seven vulnerabilities in Windows and other software that enable a hacker to take control of a user’s computer. Microsoft releases it patches by categorizing them in three categories – critical, important, and moderate.
The single ‘critical’ update in the bunch of six patches is meant to rectify a serious flaw in all supported versions of Windows that allows attackers to seize control over vulnerable systems remotely without authentication. The ‘critical’ update plugs two security holes in the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) service of Microsoft, which is designed to let the administrators access Windows systems remotely over a network. Four of the remaining updates received a severity rating of ‘important’, and one a ‘moderate’ rating.
These vulnerabilities can affect systems running on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems, and those connected to Windows Server 2003, and 2008. Those Windows users who are using the above-mentioned operating systems for personal computing can breathe a sigh of relief as the RDP is not enabled by default on standard Windows installations. That means it is far more likely to be a threat to businesses than to consumer systems.
To get detailed information about the ‘critical’ rated update, visit the official website of Microsoft by clicking here.