Security Alert: Microsoft remote access vulnerability
2017.05.15 See our update on this here!
Microsoft has released an urgent update to stop hackers being able to take control of computers using a single email.
The vulnerability was residing in the Microsoft antimalware software (e.g Windows Defender) and could be exploited by sending an infected email/ instant message or by getting the user to click on a web browser link. The particularly remarkable thing was that the flaw could be exploited without the recipient even opening the email or instant message.
Antivirus software would only have to scan the malicious content for the exploit to be triggered. This is particularly concerning when many computers are setup with real-time protection.
The fix for the bug was pushed out as soon as it was available; just hours before the usual Tuesday security update.
Check you are running the latest update
If you are a Windows Defender user then, although the update for the latest Windows Defender should be downloaded automatically, you can check to make sure you are running the latest version (1.1.13704.01) by doing the following:
Search ‘Programs’ for Defender > Click ‘Windows Defender’ > Click ‘Help’ > Click ‘About Windows Defender’ and take note of the version number. It should be 1.1.13704.0 or higher.
If you are using ITC’s Support Agent and AntiVirus Software it is likely that the Microsoft AntiVirus software is disabled and you will get the following error:
A full list of affected software:
- MS Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010
- MS Endpoint Protection
- MS Forefront Security for SharePoint Service Pack 3
- MS System Center Endpoint Protection
- MS Security Essentials
- Windows Defender for Windows 7
- Windows Defender for Windows 8.1
- Windows Defender for Windows RT 8.1
- Windows Defender for Windows 10, Windows 10 1511, Windows 10 1607, Windows Server 2016, Windows 10 1703
- Windows InTune Endpoint Protection
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