Windows® 7 not affected by zero-day flaw
A reported zero-day flaw afflicting Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 does not affect the final version of Windows 7, Microsoft said on September 9 while issuing a formal security advisory on the issue.
The software maker said that most attempts to exploit this flaw - which could allow an attacker to gain control of a system - “will cause an affected system to stop responding and restart".
Microsoft stressed that the "release candidate" version of Windows 7 is affected by the latest issue, but not the final version that was completed two months ago. The company also said that the recently completed Windows Server 2008 R2, and the earlier Windows XP and Windows 2000 operating systems are not vulnerable.
Microsoft is “investigating” fresh public reports of the potential flaw in Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB) implementation, the firm said in the advisory.