Jan 15, 2020

Windows 10: NSA reveals major flaw in Microsoft's code

The US National Security Agency has revealed a major flaw in Windows 10 that could have been used by hackers to create malicious software that looked legitimate. Microsoft is expected to issue a patch later and to say that the bug has not been exploited by hackers. The problem exists in a core component of Windows known as crypt32. Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 for consumers. Prof Alan Woodward, a security expert based at Surrey University, said of the flaw: "It's big because it affects the core cryptographic software used by Microsoft operating systems. Although there is no evidence that it has been exploited by hackers, it is a major threat as it lays users open to a range of attacks, so this is a case of don't panic but apply the patch straightaway."

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