Windows 7 is now a security risk - Company-X

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The U.S. government's cybersecurity advisory unit also issued a warning about current exploitation. But Microsoft wasn't enough, she continues to remind the users of Windows 7 on the need to upgrade another unpleasant notifications. "This predictable schedule allows for partner quality assurance and IT planning, which helps maintain the Windows ecosystem as a reliable, secure choice for our customers", Microsoft noted. So, what is the critical zero-day vulnerability that's already being exploited in the wild?

Neither Qihoo, Microsoft, nor Mozilla stated how attackers had been exploiting the malicious program, who the attackers had been, or who was being centered.

Homeland Security now recommends Internet Explorer users to switch to Microsoft Edge.

A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that the scripting engine handles objects in memory in Internet Explorer.

This is bad news for users as Microsoft has yet to release a security patch for the vulnerability, although IE now has a market share of under 10 per cent.

Last week, Mozilla patched a similar zero-day that was being exploited to attack Firefox users.

Hopefully, Microsoft will release advice or a new patch in the coming days and will update this story if we hear more.

A high percentage of the Windows 7 machines still in use will be in small and medium sized businesses, many without on-site technology staff in the loop about the end of Windows 7 support. Let us know in the comments section below.

For those business users who can not move away from an old Internet Explorer installation for operational reasons, there are some mitigating factors.

However, Microsoft believes the vulnerability will likely not be addressed until the next monthly security update that is scheduled for February 11.

Otherwise, Microsoft advises that it's possible to restrict access to JScript.dll, but this could lead to reduced functionality.

The vulnerability and patch updates were first reported by independent journalist Brian Krebs, who said Microsoft provided its software fix to the military and key infrastructure companies ahead of Tuesday's public release.



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