Microsoft Fixes 19-Year Old Windows Bug That Has Been Present Since 1995

Microsoft Fixes 19-Year Old Windows Bug That Has Been Present Since 1995(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Microsoft has fixed a Windows bug that has been present for the last 19 years, a bug that researchers describe as a “rare, unicorn-like bug.”

According to the BBC, researchers at IBM discovered the vulnerability in May, noting that every version of Windows has been affected since 1995.

PC users are advised to download Microsoft’s 14 security updates that address 33 flaws, as the bug allows attackers to remotely gain access to user’s devices, though PC World notes that the patch is only available to Windows Vista users and higher.

“The bug can be used by an attacker for drive-by attacks to reliably run code remotely and take over the user’s machine,” said IBM researcher Robert Freeman via blog post.

BBC added that on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System, researches rate the bug, also known as WinShock, a 9.3 out of 10.

Currently there has not been any evidence that the bug has been exploited.

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